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Euripides - The thyrsus and the ivy [interpretation]

Identifier

013517

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

From the Internet - an interpretation of Dionysus as described by Euripides

A description of the experience

The thyrsus and the ivy

Dionysos is considered to be a god of fertility, especially the lush growth of grapevines, ivy and other green plants.

The thyrsus which the god carries is a fennel stalk topped by a pine cone and wrapped in ivy

The maenads, followers of Dionysos, pound the ground with the thyrsus, which drips honey and causes milk and wine to gush up from the earth; a phenomenon into which it is not difficult to read sexual symbolism.

(Euripedes, lines 700-715)

The source of the experience

Dionysos [and the Dionysian Mysteries]

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Sex magick

Commonsteps

References