Dionysus

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It is said that Dionysus, a Greek god, was born in Thebes, the son of Zeus and the Theban princess Semele. They also say he is the only God who had a mortal parent. He was born of fire and nursed by the rain. His birth corresponds to the development of grapes: heat ripens the fruit and water keeps it alive.
Dionysus was the ancient Greek god of wine, winemaking, grape cultivation, fertility, ritual madness, theater, and religious ecstasy. His Roman name was Bacchus. He was most likely worshiped as early as 1500-11000 BCE.

In Greek lore, Dionysus is the God who oversees booze, being responsible for a good grape harvest, and making wine in general. He is also considered the God of Ecstasy. More interestingly, he was the only Greek God, to have had a mortal for a parent, and being in such a position, it is note worthy to mention he was even allowed to enter Mt Olympus, but he was also the last god to enter into Mt. Olympus.

Dionysus was also often called Eleutherios. This name means “the liberator,” because his wine, music, and ecstatic dance freed those who followed him from self-consciousness and the restraints of society.
Interestingly enough, Dionysus, was not birthed by his mother. Zeus gave birth to Dionysus from his thigh. Why? Well, Hera became jealous that Zeus got Semele pregnant and told her that Zeus was a god and Semele demanded that he show himself to her. If he did that, she would surely die, so, he took Dionysus to save him and sewed him into his thigh. Another version says that Dionysus’s mother was Persephone or Demeter and that Hera sent Titans to kill the infant Dionysus. Either way the story goes, he was born from Zeus’s thigh.  This is how he got his name, since Dionysus was known to have been born twice. He is also sometimes called “Dimeter” ( which means of two mothers) and not to be confused with “Demeter” (Goddess of the corn).

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