The Fennel Wands

I am a maenad

Thyrsus staff tied with taenia and topped with a pine cone.

Join in the dance holding high the thyrsus

“There’s a brute wildness in the fennel-wands—Reverence it well.”

~ Euripides

(The Bacchae and Other Plays, trans. by Philip Vellacott, Penguin, 1954.




Pentheus: The thyrsus— in my right hand shall I hold it?

Or thus am I more like a Bacchanal?

Dionysus: In thy right hand, and with thy right foot raise it”.[3]


The cult of Dionysus is also a “cult of the souls”; his maenads.


Maenad carrying a thyrsus and a leopard with a snake rolled up over her head. Tondo of an ancient Greek Attic white-ground kylix 490–480 BC from Vulci. Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich, Germany


Dancing Maenad Roman copy of Greek original attributed to Kallimachos circa 425-400 BCE at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


 

 

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Author: Hudley Flipside

Welcome to Hudley Flipside’s “The Seminary Of Praying Mantis Publishing.” Praying mantis shows me her story of life, death, and rebirth. For me she is an image or symbol of the divine in all things. I watch the praying mantis in my garden and have taken her image as my logo. She is an amazing little creature, and I relate to her connection to nature. We are both wild and part of this strange world. She is a part of my mythology as I am part of hers.

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