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Greek And Roman Dionysis

Greek And Roman Dionysis - Dionysus/Bacchus Mystery...

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2/22/08 Dionysus/Bacchus Mystery Religions : those that differ from traditional ‘Olympian’ religions, often of ‘Eastern’ origins. (Remember, Dionysus is from the ‘east’ so is viewed as mysterious/ dangerous) Some gods that are worshipped by cults in Mystery Religions are: Dionysus Demeter Orpheus Name and Iconography Dionysus (some combination between ‘Zeus’ and where he is supposedly from); he is also called Zagreus but it is unknown if this is an alternate name (perhaps originally from the near-eastern god) or some epithet with unknown meaning God of vine/vegetation: contrasted with Demeter/Ceres who is god of grain Dionysus’ followers: Bacchae, Bacchants, Maenads, Satyrs Dionysus’ characteristics: Thrysus (wand/scepter with pinecone on top), Komos(?) God of Freedom Loosing of cares Religion of release Often associated with drunkenness and revelry but is not necessarily god of ‘partying’ but more of individualism and freedom at their extreme Homeric hymn to Dionysus Dionysus was captured by sailors who thought he was a prince. They wanted to
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