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By Isidora

All human Bacchants are imitating the original Goddess Mænads — the nymphs who reared the young God and ran with the grown one.

Powers of Mænads:

– To awaken the God
– To run with the God
– To share His attributes
– To tame wild things by nursing them
– To call forth water and wine and milk and honey from the Earth
– To fight and not be harmed
– To destroy
– To prophesy

As nurses, the Mænads awakened the infant Dionysos from His sleep, probably with hymns — perhaps with the Dithyramb, which usually told the tale of the God’s birth.

The Mænads are called nurses and foster mothers — they not only nurse and mother the young God, but young animals in the forest as well.

Read the original article at: The Dionysion

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