Dionysus and the Cult of Ecstasy

Dionysus and the Cult of Ecstasy

By Harold R. Willoughby

  • Release Date : 2017-03-21
  • Genre : Religion & Spirituality
  • FIle Size : 7.76 MB
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Dionysus and the Cult of Ecstasy The truth is that sheer physical intoxication from the drinking of wine was the essence of Dionysian religion. In the service of their god the Bacchanals drank wine until they were intoxicated. For the Bacchanals themselves, however, the experience was something more and higher than drunkenness. It was spiritual ecstasy, not mere physical intoxication. The wine they drank was for them potent with divine power--it was the god himself, and the very quintessence of divine life was resident in the juice of the grape. This the devotees of Bacchus knew as a matter of personal experience when, after drinking the wine, they felt a strange new life within themselves. That was the life and power of their god. Their enthusiasm was quite literally a matter of having the god within themselves, of being full of and completely possessed by the god...

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