Orphism definition

  • noun:
    • an old Greek mystery faith arising within the 6th century B.C. from a synthesis of pre-Hellenic values using the Thracian cult of Zagreus and very quickly becoming mingled utilizing the Eleusinian secrets in addition to doctrines of Pythagoras.
    • A short-lived activity in early 20th-century artwork, derived from cubism but marked by a lyrical style and usage of bold color.
    • The mystical system of life and worship embodied in the Orphic poems and practised and inculcated into the Orphic secrets. See Orphic.
  • proper-noun:
    • A religious activity in antiquity, likely to being founded by Orpheus.
    • a Cubist art movement emphasizing pure abstraction and bright tints.

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