A god Between

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As a god that moves freely between realms of divine and humanity, even the animal kingdom… it is possible to find my beloved god in all and everything. He is commonly associated with *many* deities.

As I have limited time contrasts so I’ll requote stuff I’ve already written:

– Jesus Christ has many resemblances to Dionysos, he was born from a god with a mortal mother, he was hunted down as an infant and smuggled out of his homeland to escape death, he travelled in his youth becoming enlightened before returning to his homeland. He taught a retinue followers his radical system of belief, he performs a series of miracles that prove his holiness including turning water into wine, he is betrayed by his peers and judged by a non-believer as a false prophet, he is sentenced and humiliated dressed like Dionysos and crucified, he dies and is resurrected as a great divine and continues to teach his followers and forgives his foes before ascending into heaven. Throughout the New Testament and other Christian texts, Jesus is referred as the grape vine, or the grape. Wine is symbolic as his blood, likewise bread is his flesh. They share similarities with the concept of a holy spirit, divine force within all. The trail by Pilate is also has parallels to the Bacchae by Euripides.

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– Hindu god, Shiva shares many similarities to Dionysos. Both are creator destroyers, prescribe asceticism, considered the greatest of gods, is judge in the afterlife, wears snakes, sacred animal is the bull, sits on a tiger skin, is called god of the mountain, is both male and female, is the super soul found everywhere, drums , dancing, fertility, wild women, god of animals, god of ambiguity and paradox, nakedness, enlightenment, liberator, drinker and phallic worship . The list goes on and on.

More info found in the book: Gods of Love and Ecstasy: The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysos By Alain Daniélou

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– Some Greeks and Romans believed Dionysos was from Egypt, originating from the Osiris cult. It was thought that a mythical prophet, Melampous, taught the Greeks the mysteries of Osiris, but in a ‘Greek’ way. This lead to the creation of the Dionysos cults. Just like Dionysos, Osiris is a nature and death god, he is killed and dismembered, only to be reassembled to create life once again.

– In regards to the Roman Bacchus, I don’t view the god any different from the Hellenic Dionysos. Bacchus is a Latin version of the Greek epithet Bakkhos: meaning loud and roaring, of the frenzy or of the berry. So unlike other Roman gods, which were sometimes a mixture of Etruscans and indigenous deities, Dionysos’ Roman identity is still Greek in nature.

This gets somewhat confusing as there is the indigenous god Liber (Liber Pater / Father Freedom). I see Liber as a separate deity or at least another expression of Dionysos. Throughout Roman history though, Liber, Bacchus and Dionysos were used synonymously by Romans.

Lastly another god compared with Dionysos by Romans is the Etruscan Fufluns: god of wine, happiness, plants and happiness.

 

Other divinities that can be associated:

Attis
Adonis
Zagreus
Zeus
Hades
Sabazios
The Minoan Bull god
Zalmoxis
(And gees, literally many other gods!)

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