Dionysus

Dionysus

God of the Vine, Grape Harvest, Winemaking, Wine, Ritual Madness, Religious Ecstasy & Theater

The only god born to a mortal mother Semele, his father was Zeus. He is brother to Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Athena, Hephaestus, Hermes, the Muses and the Moirai.

His mother was daughter of a mortal king. When Zeus’ wife, Hera found out about their amore and that it resulted in a pregnancy. She befriended Semele and placed seeds of doubt about the parentage of the father. When Semele approached Zeus and demanded he reveal himself in the god-like form, as proof he was the father. Zeus begged her not to ask this but she wouldn’t be swayed. He came to her riotous with thunderbolts. No mortal could look upon an undisguised god, without dying, so Semele died in the flames of his lighting. To save his son, Zeus sewed Dionysus into his thigh. When Dionysus was finally born he was born of two mothers Semele and Zeus.

Over the years, Hera would come to impact him many times. her wrath did not end with the death of his mother. He was raised by different people as they would each hide him for a time from Zeus’ wife. After he’d learned his trade, Hera found him and struck him with madness and he began to wander, until a goddess named Cybele cured him and taught him about ritual rites.

Even though Hera was so awful to him, it was he that got Hephaestus drunk enough to release her from the throne he’d made and glued her to.

Dionysus switches with Hestia as the twelfth god and was given his throne by her.

FUN FACTS

His symbols include thyros (a pine-cone tipped staff), grapevine, leopard skin, panther, cheetah, tiger

He was extremely charismatic and attractive

One of only a few gods that could resurrect the dead. He resurrected his mother

Dionysus is often compared with Jesus, in their ability to die and coming back from the dead

Ritual madness is like a college frat party that gets out of hand.

 

Wikipedia

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