Maenad I. Picture

Maenad I and II. med: 37x60x3 cm.
Maenad dancing. Roman copy (120-140 AD) of a Greek relief executed in Athens traditionally attributed Callimachus V century BC In the Museo del Prado (Madrid, Spain)
In Greek mythology, the divine feminine beings Maenads are closely related to the god Dionysus (Bacchus to the Romans), god supposedly originated in Thrace and Phrygia. The first maenads were the nymphs who were responsible for the upbringing of Dionysus, and later was owned by him, who inspired them mystical madness. This contrasts to the Bacchae or Bas√°rides, deadly women emulating the maenads, engaged in orgiastic cult of Dionysus. In many sources Maenads and Bacchae are synonymous, meaning the meaning Bacchante Maenad Latino.
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