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This page was last edited on 11 November 2017, at 04:02. This article is about the Greco-Roman deity. Marble sarcophagus with the Triumph of Dionysos and the Seasons. Greek culture, and the cult of Dionysus was the main religious focus for its unrestrained consumption. His worship became firmly established in the seventh century BC.
He may have been worshipped as early as c. The earliest cult images of Dionysus show a mature male, bearded and robed. Later images show him as a beardless, sensuous, naked or half-naked androgynous youth: the literature describes him as womanly or “man-womanish”. In its fully developed form, his central cult imagery shows his triumphant, disorderly arrival or return, as if from some place beyond the borders of the known and civilized. Dionysus is represented by city religions as the protector of those who do not belong to conventional society and he thus symbolizes the chaotic, dangerous and unexpected, everything which escapes human reason and which can only be attributed to the unforeseeable action of the gods. Those who partake of his mysteries are possessed and empowered by the god himself. Hera befriended Semele, who confided in her that Zeus was the actual father of the baby in her womb.
Hera pretended not to believe her, and planted seeds of doubt in Semele’s mind. Curious, Semele demanded of Zeus that he reveal himself in all his glory as proof of his godhood. Though Zeus begged her not to ask this, she persisted and he agreed. Zeus rescued the unborn Dionysus by sewing him into his thigh.
Zeus went to release the now-fully-grown baby from his thigh. Dionysus to pieces after luring the baby with toys. Other versions claim that Zeus recreated him in Semele’s womb or that he impregnated Semele by giving her the heart to eat. Socrates claims that the initiations of the Dionysian Mysteries are similar to those of the philosophic path. Hermes bade the couple to raise the boy as a girl, to hide him from Hera’s wrath. Other versions have Zeus giving him to Rhea, or to Persephone to raise in the Underworld, away from Hera. Dionysus in Greek mythology is a god of foreign origin, and while Mount Nysa is a mythological location, it is invariably set far away to the east or to the south.