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