The Minyades were three sisters in Greek mythology, daughters of Minyas. Their names were Alcathoe, Leucippe and Arsippe.
When the cult of the god Dionysus started spreading in Greece, all followers would get drunk and revel in the mountains and forests. However, the Minyads did not follow these practices, but instead continued their quiet lives at home. Dionysus got furious at this disregard of his ways, and transformed the three sisters into bats. According to another version of the myth, the god appeared in front of them and asked them to follow his customs; when the sisters refused, he transformed himself into a bull, then a lion and finally a panther, and the Minyads were driven insane. They then wanted to honour the god; Leucippe was told to make a sacrifice, and she willingly proposed her son Hippasus. The three women tore him to pieces, then left the house and ran in the mountains in a state of frenzy. In the end, the god Hermes felt pity for them and transformed them into bats.
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