Destroyer of Light 101

posted November 26th, 2014, 1:06 am


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November 26th, 2014, 1:06 am

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In case you have forgot... The Anthesteria was a festival in the honour of Dionysos. It was held for three days in the month of Anthesterion (loosely corresponding to February/March) and I've gotten the impression that it celebrated the beginning of spring. People opened the pithoi with wine that had been stored at the previous vintage and adorned their homes with spring flowers. It was also believed that the gates of the Underworld stood open and that the dead freely mingled with the living. Therefore special food was made for the dead, that no one else tasted, and all the temples were closed (except for the sanctuary of Dionysos) so the dead shouldn't pollute them. On the second day there was also a secret ceremony in the sancuary of Dionysos, where the "queen", the wife of the "king" chosen for the festival, went through a ceremony of marriage to the wine god. Since it was secret, no one knows exactly what happened during that ceremony.

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