Dionyysus Research Paper

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Along with various components, ancient festival’s helps ignite spiritual possession; in particular, through the sexual cults of Dionysus/Bacchus, persisting of mysterious origins. Although ‘phallic worship’ happens in earlier cultures, it excels into open celebrations in early Greece. Accordingly, the god Dionysus became the grand patron of the phallus, glorifying it during festive processions; which in everyday society all its citizens celebrate this object in broad daylight. Specifically, the worship of the phallus occurs as the central theme and its image paraded around during the celebration with Pan conducing the march often times. During the procession, the deafening sounds of drums, flutes, and cymbals plays forcefully during the…show more content…
Dionysus festivals of the phallus steadily develops in performances (particularly of comedy) and satyr [Pan] plays; and, essentially, with Dionysus, the god of masking and possession. Reportedly, there is a difference between Dionysus mythical theater appearances and his cult manifestations, for he became the god who confuses the boundaries like Pan. In the forefront, Dionysus asserts honors “as the god of drama” from the Homeric Hymns that ‘fan the flames’ for the ancient theater. In like manner, different performances were shown involving mystic initiations, destruction and dismemberment stories, secret mysteries, and other channels; producing spiritual possession of the theater gods for their…show more content…
Plato recognizes four distinctive types of ‘divine madness:’ prophetic madness, initiatory or ritual madness, poetic madness, and erotic madness. Subsequently, stating that all four forms occur from a divine source. Still, Plato tries to formulate a conscious difference concerning divine madness, believing it exists due to disease; notably epilepsy, such as the affliction of the Persian King Cambyses. Calculatingly, in the earliest of time, Plato could equate the negative aspects of the spiritual effects of ‘the theater’ and how it manipulates people’s minds, believing it happen to be
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