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  Dionysus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dionysus is strongly associated with the satyrs, centaurs and sileni.
Dionysus made King Lycurgus insane, and he sliced his own son into pieces with an axe, thinking he was a patch of ivy, a plant holy to Dionysus.
And yet there is a simpler explanation: Dionysus, Bromius, Sabazius, Attis, Adonis, Zalmoxis, Corybas, Serapis, and Orpheus himself are replicas of their grand prototype Osiris; and the variations which appear among them resulted from the transplantation of the god from one country to another, and reflect simply the specific needs of his multifarious worshipers (37-38).
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Within the Olympian tradition, Dionysus was made to be the son of Zeus and Semele; in Eleusis, of Zeus (always an intruder at Eleusis) and Demeter.
Dionysus was a god of mystery religious rites, such as those practiced in honor of Demeter and Persephone at Eleusis near Athens.
The legend goes that Zeus took the infant Dionysus and gave him in charge to the rain-nymphs of Nysa, who nourished his infancy and childhood, and for their care were rewarded by Jupiter by being placed, as the Hyades, among the stars.
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 Dionysus 2, Greek Mythology Link.
When Dionysus 2 came to the temple, he was freed at once from his madness, and feeling gratitude for the asses he put them among the stars (Asellus Borealis, and Asellus Australis in Cancer), and gave human voice to the Ass that had carried him.
Later the MAENADS were released and Dionysus 2 drove Lycurgus 1 mad, so that he struck his own son dead with an axe, imagining that he was lopping a branch of a vine; and before he recovered his mind, he cut off his son's extremities.
Zagreus or Dionysus 1, son of Zeus by Persephone or Demeter (the first of two or maybe three Dionysus), was killed by the TITANS who destroyed him with an infernal knife, cutting him into pieces.
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 Dionysus - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Dionysus
Dionysus was the personification of nature's power to stir emotion, and the element of creativity opposite the law and order of Apollo, the two being complementary in the act of creation.
In another tradition, Dionysus was the son of Persephone by Zeus transformed as a snake.
He was reputed to have invented wine as a child under the care of the Hyades, nymphs and daughters of the Titan Atlas, on Mount Nysa, in Libya.
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Dionysus, also commonly known by his Roman name Bacchus, appears to be a god who has two distinct origins.
According to one myth, Dionysus is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal woman, Semele (daughter of Cadmus of Thebes).
Pentheus is enraged at the worship of Dionysus and forbids it, but he cannot stop the women, including his mother Agave, or even the elder statesmen of the kingdom from swarming to the wilds to join the Maenads (a term given to women under the ecstatic spell of Dionysus) in worship.
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 Dionysus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Dionysus had an unusual birth that evokes difficulty in fitting him into the Olympian His mother was Semele (daughter of Cadmus) a mortal woman and his father the king of the gods.
The legend goes that Zeus took the Dionysus and gave him in charge to rain- nymphs of Nysa who nourished his infancy and childhood for their care were rewarded by Jupiter being placed as the Hyades among the stars.
As Dionysus was almost certainly a late to the pantheon of Greek mythology there was some hostility to his Homer mentions him only briefly and with hostility.
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 Dionysus and Kataragama: Parallel Mystery Cults
Dionysus is recognized as the son of the high god Zeus and is sometimes depicted as sitting at Zeus' right side atop Mount Olympus.
Skanda is Sharadhajanma, 'born in a reedy marsh'; Dionysus is Limnaios, 'of the marsh'.
Dionysus, too, is described by Nonnus (Dionysus 24.151 ff.) as a warrior-chief whose troops advance to the sound of flutes, drums, pipes and crashing cymbals, astonishing the inhabitants of India.
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 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Dionysus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Dionysus was the son of Zeus and the mortal woman Semele.
Dionysus was rescued from Semele's womb and implanted into Zeus' thigh, from where he was eventually born.
Dionysus was one of the few Greek gods who were faithful to their wives.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/features/greek_gods/dionysus.shtml   (329 words)

 Dionysus - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
According to the Orphic legend, he was Dionysus Zagreus, the son of Zeus and Persephone (see Orphic Mysteries); in other legends he was the son of Zeus and Semele and was reared by the nymphs on Mt. Nysa, where he invented the art of wine making.
Many festivals were held in honor of Dionysus; most famous were the Lesser or Rural Dionysia (in late December), the Greater or City Dionysia (in late spring), the Anthesteria (in early spring), and the Lenaea (in winter).
Dionysus thus came to be considered a patron of the arts.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/D/Dionysus.asp   (466 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Dionysus
In Greek mythology, the gods Dionysus and Eros were both occasionally referred to as Eleutherios (the liberator).
In Greek mythology, Semele, daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia, was the mother of Dionysus (the god and his votaries were both identified as Bacchus) by Zeus.
Dionysus Records’ head honcho spins regularly in Los Angeles area at The Bigfoot Lodge, The Lucky Tiki, Saints & Sinners among other clubs.
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 glbtq >> arts >> Subjects in the Visual Arts: Dionysus
Dionysus was the son of the chief god Zeus and a woman named Semele.
Dionysus spared only one sailor because he had recognized Dionysus as a god and pleaded with his mates to release him.
Pentheus has the stranger Dionysus arrested for impropriety, but when the god manages to tempt the king to don women's clothes and spy on the Maenads, they attack him and tear his body apart.
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 Dionysus Homework Page
Dionysus returned from the sea and announced that this decay would continue until Lycurgus were put to death.
Dionysus made ivy grow and twine around the rigging and vines to sprout from the deck and engulf the mast.
Dionysus was also one of the very few that was able to bring a dead person out of the underworld.
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 Can Dionysus be Considered Evil in the Bacchae -- Essay at LiteratureClassics.com
Dionysus, as one of the immortals, has the ability to do as he wishes with no fear of repercussion from anyone.
However, Pentheus himself uses “tuch” in relation to what he intends to do to Dionysus should he be caught: the subtle undertone of this Irony is present throughout the play.
Dionysus must have felt likewise, but he had the capabilities and power that no mortal could dream of, and this makes his revenge all the more brutal.
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Dionysus was the last of the gods to become an Olympian.
According to another tradition, associated with the Greek Orphic mystery cult, Dionysus was born of an incestuous union between the serpentine Zeus and his daughter Persephone.
This serpentine birth of Dionysus has been recognized as important in that the serpent is an arcane symbol of earth and water, both vital to life, and the serpent can penetrate the tomb, and in sloughing its own skin represent the resurrection of the dead.
www.themystica.org /mythical-folk/articles/dionysus.html   (889 words)

 SparkNotes: The Bacchae: Plot Overview
Dionysus, the god of wine, prophecy, religious ecstasy, and fertility, returns to his birthplace in Thebes in order to clear his mother's name and to punish the insolent city state for refusing to allow people to worship him.
The background to his return is presented in the prologue, in which Dionysus tells the story of his mother, Semele, once a princess in the royal Theban house of Cadmus.
Dionysus tells the audience that when he arrived in Thebes he drove Semele's sisters mad, and they fled to Mt. Cithaeron to worship him and perform his rites on the mountainside.
www.sparknotes.com /drama/bacchae/summary.html   (961 words)

 Adonis, Demeter & Persephone, Dionysus
Although frequently given the simple definition "the god of wine", Dionysus (or Bacchus) was originally another form of fertility deity, a god associated with the natural cycle of life and death of plants.
The next image is a red-figure vase painting depicting the 'second birth' of Dionysus, for Zeus had to put the embryo taken from Semele's corpse and put it in his thigh until ready to be born; Hermes stands nearby ready to take the child to Mt.
The first red-figure vase painting is rather simple, a basic, generic depiction of Dionysus; note his drinking-horn in one hand and his symbolic staff, known as the thyrsus, in the other.
www.uwm.edu /Course/mythology/0700/dionysus.htm   (2136 words)

 THE thinking person's online news source for politics, prophecy, science and mystery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Followers of Dionysus believed that he was the presence that is otherwise defined as the craving within man that longs to "let itself go" and to "give itself over" to base desires.
In this sense Dionysus represented a dichotomy within the Greek religion, as the primary maxim of the Greek culture was one of moderation, or, "nothing too extreme." But Dionysus embodied the absolute extreme in that he sought to inflame the forbidden passions of human desire.
In Syracuse, Dionysus was known as Dionysus Morychos ("the dark one") a fiendish creature; roughly equivalent to the biblical Satan, who wore goatskins and dwelt in the regions of the underworld.
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 Myth Notes: Dionysus and Tragedy
Dionysus was a god whose myths about a double birth, death and rebirth, and a journey to the underworld made him a figure attractive to those who wished to find a way to escape the anxieties of death.
Wine: Way in which Dionysus was experienced, playfully theomorphized into the substance he invented and the sacrifice most often offered to him, in a form literally internalized and thus in turn impersonated.
Maenads as tragic models occur particularly in three contexts: the killing of kin; war, and love The cohesive force of Dionysus is most obvious in the satyr play In tragedy the passionate significance of the Dionysiac power is exemplified by the maenad Antecedents: Andromache in Iliad 22.
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 WowEssays.com - Dionysus--Bacchae
According to Euripides’; Bacchae, Dionysus represents the animalistic and mystic life force that connects humanity to its innate earthy roots—roots that are illogical, chaotic, and instinctual.
The god, Dionysus, provided this release in their world through the manifestations of “wine, women, and song.” Without these simple earthy pleasures, the human spirit became warped in its confinement as illustrated in the Bacchae through the character of Pentheus.
The polar opposites portrayed in the confrontations between Dionysus and Pentheus were meant to illustrate the point that you simply cannot ignore your earthy half.
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 Dionysus,   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Dionysus was good and gentle to those who honored him, but he brought madness and destruction upon those who spurned him or the orgiastic rituals of his cult.
The yearly rites in honor of the resurrection of Dionysus gradually evolved into the structured form of the Greek drama, and important festivals were held in honor of the god, during which great dramatic competitions were conducted.
This was the form in which the worship of Dionysus became popular in the 2nd century BC in Roman Italy, where the Dionysiac mysteries were called the Bacchanalia.
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 Greek Mythology Story Dionysus Wandering
Once he had grown to manhood Dionysus decied to wander far and wide, including areas outside of greece.
Dionysus was with a group of his followers, who were naturally singing and dancing loudly, flushed with wine.
Dionysus tried to explain at length his worship but, Pentheus listened only to his own anger and insulted Dionysus.
www.desy.de /gna/interpedia/greek_myth/wanderDionysus.html   (548 words)

 Dionysus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Dionysus was the son of Zeus and the mortal heroine Semele.
Dionysus also saved his mother from the Underworld, after Zeus showed her his true nature as storm god and consumed her in lightning.
It was Dionysus who granted Midas the power to turn whatever he touched into gold, then was kind enough to take the power back when it proved inconvenient.
www.mythweb.com /gods/Dionysus_easy.html   (97 words)

 fUSION Anomaly. Dionysus
According to tradition, Dionysus died each winter and was reborn in the spring.
Though Dionysus is popularly associated with wild revels induced by wine intoxication, Robert Graves has argued that the original Dionysian rites were only partially wine-inspired.
As befits a psychedelic god, Dionysus was given to a bewildering series of mutations and transformations.
www.fusionanomaly.net /dionysus.html   (534 words)

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