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.
Link/cite this pageIf you use any of the content on this page in your own work, please use the code below to cite this page as the source of the content.
<a href="https://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Mortals/Minyades/minyades.html">Minyades: GreekMythology.com</a> - Oct 21, 2019Link will appear as Minyades: GreekMythology.com - Oct 21, 2019