‘I am a maenad’
Join in the dance holding high the thyrsus!
“There’s a brute wildness in the fennel-wands—Reverence it well.”
(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”.
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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Reblogged this on The Seminary of Praying Mantis Publishing and commented:
Here he comes back to dance back to the zone..
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