Summary: Dionysus is the Greek God of wine and barley.


    Greek name: Dionysos

    Roman name: Bacchus

    (NOTE: In addition to native variations by locality or over time, there are often several possible transliterations into the Roman alphabet used for English.)

basic information:

    Dionysos: Greek God of wine and barley.

Dionysus’s relations:

    Considered by the Greeks to be the same God as the Roman Bacchus.

herbs associated with Dionysus:

holy days:

    Lenaia of Dionysus: Greek holy day. Celebrated on January 3rd.


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    Dionysus on Lion — Lord of Grain, Leaf and Vine. Partaking of his symbolic flesh and blood (bread and wine) was central to the Eleusinian mystery cult. His annual worship is far more ancient however, and probably involved actual human blood sacrifice to insure crop fertility. He carries the thyrsus or phallic wand, is escorted by maenad priestesses (often in wine-induced frenzy) and rides upon the beast associated with Pan, the panther, or wears a panther skin. Many of his facets (son of Zeus, virgin-born, died then resurrected, etc.) predate and were subsumed by Christianity. Reverenced especially in Crete, Greece and Jerusalem, he is the primal archetype of self-sacrificing masculine divinity. Here he is depicted as standing kouros, or Divine Youth. As Dionysos triumphant he rides upon a lion, libation cup held aloft and accompanied by frolicking satyr. —picture and text © 1996 JBL Statues (now called Sacred Source), original text created by Tom Laudeman

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    Dionysus — He was the orgiastic deity of bacchanalia, the religious wine festivals held throughout the empire. Satyr plays portraying the regenerative powers of Dionysos/Bacchus gave rise to Greek drama. His phallic staff (thyrsus) crowned by a pine cone represents the human faculties of wisdom and inspiration. His mount Scorpio was the zodiacal sign ascendant during the time of harvest equinox and probably symbolizes Osiris, the original god of barley brewing and ecstatic intoxication. Standing Bacchus, from the Vatican Museum, carries grape clusters in his panther skin cloak. Note his ram companions and ribald expression. —picture and text © 1996 JBL Statues (now called Sacred Source), original text created by Tom Laudeman

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