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Dionysus Roman: Bacchus God of wine, drunkenness, hang over, loss of personality, out-of-body experience God of fertility (fluids that sustain life) o Sap, milk, semen, blood o Compliments Demeter’s role Plant: ivy, grape Around felines, strong/ferocious animals (bull, leopard), sexual vitality (goat) Wore leopard skin Tree: fig tree Associated with phallus Birth story o Zeus and Semele (Princess of Thebes) o Hera discovers the affair Disguised as an old woman, she befriends Semele Semele tells her about Zeus Hera warns her: men might lie to gain an advantage Suggests that Zeus revel himself as a god o Semele asks Zeus to prove his identity, makes him swear by the Styx o Zeus goes to her as a full-fledged god and she is incinerated…but pregnant o Hermes saves the child, sews him into Zeus’ thigh o “twice born god” o Zeus hides Dionysus by giving him to Semele’s sister (married to the King) Hera drives the sister and husband insane and they kill their children
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