Dionysus

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Among many ancient peoples God was considered as being androgynous, and referred to as the Great Father-Mother. When the Creator was represented by an image, various subtle devices were employed to indicate its hermaphroditic nature. The Iswara of the Hindus is depicted with one side of his body male and the other female. In Greek and Roman statuary frequent examples are found of a masculine divinity wearing female garments and vice versa, or a heavily-bearded god may have his hair arranged in a distinctly feminine coiffure. Again, the structure of the face of such deities as Bacchus and Dionysus often shows a sensitive, feminine countenance disguised by a beard or some article of masculine adornment. In other cases the feminine counterpart of the deity is considered as a separate individuality. For this reason each of the gods was declared to have had his consort or feminine aspect of his own being. Thus Mithras, the Persian Light-Savior, is considered to be masculine, but a certain portion of himself divided from the rest becomes Mithra, a feminine and maternal potency. As previously noted, in India each god has his shakti, or feminine part.

Manly P. Hall / <cite>Lectures on Ancient Philosophy</cite>

Dionysus - his original name was Zagreus, meaning "horned one." He appears to be a anthropomorphic rendering of Cernunnos, Herme, or Set, the gods of earth, nature, animals and forests. He was clearly a chthonic god, connected to underworld rituals. The Christians took Dionysus and made him their St. Denis. Dionysus' birthday was December 25th. Michelangelo's statue of Moses in Rome also bears horns. (Note the similarity between the words "horned" and "honored.")

Michael Tsarion / <cite>The Irish Origins of Civilization, Volume 2</cite>

Dionysus is often presented as a rustic wine-god, inventor of viniculture. He was more than that. He was a prototype of Christ, with a cult center at Jerusalem as well as nearly every other major city in the middle east.

Barbara G. Walker / <cite>The Woman&#039;s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets</cite>

Identified with many other savior-gods, Dionysus was also called Bacchus, Zagreus, Sabazius, Adonis, Antheus, Zalmoxis, Pentheus, Pan, Liber Pater, or "the Liberator." His totem was a panther (Panthereos, the Beast of Pan). His emblem was the thyrsus, a phallic scepter tipped with a pine cone. His priestesses were the Maenads, or Bacchantes, who celebrated his orgies with drunkenness, nakedness, and sacramental feasting.

Barbara G. Walker / <cite>The Woman&#039;s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets</cite>

Dion-ESUS, Orph-ESUS, OR Bacc-ESUS - its Irish all the way. Zeus, the father of Dionysus, had turned himself into a serpent to give him birth, and Dionysus himself was often shown in the form of the goat that links him the Nordic Goths

Michael Tsarion / <cite>The Irish Origins of Civilization, Volume 1</cite>

The Orphic god Dionysus also took the form of a bull; one of his earlier incarnations was the Cretan bull-god Zagreus, "the Goodly Bull," a son and reincarnation of Zeus, and another version of the Minotaur. The god was a bull on earth, and a serpent in his subterranean, regenerating phase. The Orphic formula ran: "The bull is the father of the serpent, and the serpent is the father of the bull." Dionysus was reincarnated over and over, and there were some who identified him with the Persian Messiah. In the Book of Enoch, the Messiah is represented as a white bull.

Barbara G. Walker / <cite>The Woman&#039;s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets</cite>

Dionysus is the name of two distinct individuals, a god and later a demi-god. These two make very different contributions to human history in two different eras. The Dionysus who should be identified with Noah is very different from the earlier Dionysus Zagreus, the Edler Dionysus[...]

Mark Booth / <cite>The Secret History of the World</cite>

The sources disagree on the subject of Dionysus's parentage. Some say his father was Hermes, others Zeus. All agree that the little god's mother was Mother Earth and that, as with Zeus, she hid the infant in a cave.

Dionysus, like Zeus, represents the evolution of a new form of consciousness, and again the Titans were determined to nip it in the bud. Again we see that the Titans are the consciousness eaters.

Mark Booth / <cite>The Secret History of the World</cite>

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