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Greek myth lec - • often in a trance • rip animals apart • crossing the boundary between normal human dress w animal dress Parentage Zeus and

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Greek myth lec 043007 Childhood Initiation ritual initiation 1. Separation 2. Liminal zone 3. reintegration Liminal Zone o Place of paradox o Topsy turvy world o Normal rules don’t apply o Dietary/humanity rules overturned o Allows close connection between men and gods Dionysus and the Irrational 1. prophetic madness-apollo 2. poetic madness-muses 3. erotic madness-aphrodite/eros 4. ritual madness-Dionysus Terms: Bacchus, Symposium, Kantharos, Satyrs, Maenads, Semele, Villa of the Mysteries, Thyrsus, Theatre of Dionysus at Athens Dionysus, and his Kantharos blurs the boundary between old and young b/c has full beard but has long hair, has full dress and looks feminine blurs boundary between whats a man and whats a woman-walking liminal zone god of wine god of music Greeks tried to see how much wine they could drink while still being somewhat coherent, Dionysus was seen of god of masks and changing identity b/c god of wine Satyrs beasty animals, nude, drink a lot balancing tests when they drank Maenads defending themselves from Satyrs with the Thyrsus
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Unformatted text preview: • often in a trance • rip animals apart • crossing the boundary between normal human dress w/ animal dress Parentage: Zeus and Semele [queen of Thebes] • Hera find out, makes Semele want to see Zeus in real form • Thunder bolts, lightning, rains, Semele is burnt • Zeus takes embryo and puts in thigh-he can give birth • Dionysus is raised by Hermes Dionysus • captured by pirates, turns them into dolphins • psychological transformation Linear B Tablets • one of the oldest gods, but shown as a newcomer Dionysus and his wife Ariadne • princess of crete Dionysus and the Identity Question-prelude to next lecture on the Bacchae Summary: Dionysus: god of wine, god of madness and altered states [psychological] Mystery cult and ritual intiation of women Myth parallels reality [satyrs, maenads] Identity, masks, and drama Theme: greeks saw madness as a natural part of human being and respected it...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2009 for the course GREEK MYTH 40 taught by Professor Galluci during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.

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Greek myth lec - • often in a trance • rip animals apart • crossing the boundary between normal human dress w animal dress Parentage Zeus and

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