DionysusIcon.JPG Dionysus was the only Lord to have been born a mortal, and to have known the pain of death before rising again to godhood. For this reason he's a compassionate Lord, and gives of himself for the comfort of mankind (in the form of wine) and intercedes with the other Lords on their behalf (the role of the wine spilled upon the altar). But for all that he can be the most gentle of gods, he can just as easily be the most terrible, protective of his godly secrets, the orgiastic mysteries which are secondmost in sacredness only to Demeter's, and vengeful upon those who disrespect his divinity. Dionysus.jpg

Common History

Dionysus is the god of the grape harvest, wine-making and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theater, and religious ecstasy which has led to somewhat of a reputation amongst the Fairthful. Widely accepted to have been born of a mortal mother he is also a god of epiphany, "the god that comes", and his "foreignness" as an arriving outsider-god may be inherent and essential to some of his cults. As a child of Zeus his place in the faith is protected, even though in the guise of Eleutherios ("the liberator"), his wine, music and ecstatic dance free his followers from self-conscious fear and care, and subvert the restraints of the powerful. Those who partake of his mysteries are widely believed to become possessed and empowered by the god himself.

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Bacchus I call, loud-sounding and divine,
Fanatic God, a two-fold shape is thine:
Thy various names and attributes I sing,
O, first-born, thrice begotten, Bacchic king:
Rural, ineffable, two-form'd, obscure,
Two-horn'd, with ivy crown'd, euion, pure.
Bull-fac'd, and martial, bearer of the vine,
Endu'd with counsel prudent and divine:
Triennial, whom the leaves of vines adorn,
Of Jove and Proserpine, occultly born.
Immortal dæmon, hear my suppliant voice,
Give me in blameless plenty to rejoice;
And listen gracious to my Mystic pray'r,
Surrounded with thy choir of nurses fair.

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