Dionysus: A Short History Essay

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DionysusOrigin of Dionysus (unabridged version):Zeus fell in love with the mortal Semele and impregnated her. Hera wanting revenge made Semele want to see Zeus's true form. Zeus promised to fulfill Semelles wish and in the process of showing her, a lightning bolt hit her and she died. Zeus wanting to save his unborn child removed the unborn Dionysus from his mother womb and placed him inside his thigh. When he was ready to be born zeus removed him and had hermes take Dionysus to the Bacchantes to be raised there.What he represents:FertilityTheatreecstasymadnessWineInteresting facts about him:In some stories he is shown to be bisexualonly god to be born to a mortalsometimes known as the twice-bornStories or myths surrounding him:Pentheus: Pentheus was the king of Thebes and decided that worship of the god Dionysus should be banned as he considered it impure and repulsive (Dionysus was after all the god of madness and ecstasy). Dionysus then caused all the women of the city to go mad and engage in "inappropriate" activities. Among the women affected by this was Pentheus' mother. Enraged by this he tried to take the man he thought responsible for this captive (Dionysus), but Dionysus being a God made his chains fall off and walked away. Wanting even more revenge for the banning of his worship Dionysus disguised himself as a woman and lured Pentheus to the camp set up by the women outside of the city. Pentheus followed Dionysus hoping to see some of the sexual activities that were part of the rituals surrounding Dionysus. The women were in a fit of madness and ecstasy when the noticed Pentheus observing him and mistook him for an animal, as part of their ritual they tore him apart, limb by limb.Prosymnus: Dionysus wanted to rescue his mother from the underworld and Hades, but did not know where to look, and how to get there. He found a shepherd by the name of Prosymnus, that told him he would tell him how to go to the underworld if Dionysus would agree to allow to make love to him. Dionysus agrees and using the information given goes down to the underworld to successfully rescue his mother. By the time he returns Prosymnus has died. Dionysus goes to his grave and fashions a phallus out of tree surrounding his grave and proceeds to masturbation as tributeThe Midas Touch legendMidas, in the greek and roman mythos he is the king of Phrygia who is known for his greed and foolishness. Essentially in the legend firstly, he found wandering silencus who was a saytr and also was the source of warmth and companionship to Dionysus. In return for his charitable acts towards Silencus. Midas, subsequently was rewarded with a wish. In his favor, the king demanded that every object he touched would become gold. As a result of this golden touch, even his food became gold and nearly died of starvation. Because of his careful thinking and inquiry to provide proper judgement of the situation, he quickly realized his grave mistake. In order to release this ravaging...

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