🥗 Diet and Sacrifice in Ancient Greece — Dionysianism

Following our reading on the book organized by Marcel Detiene and Jean Pierre Vernant — The Cuisine of Sacrifice among the Greeks, almost opposed to Orphism, Dionysianism, or the ancient cult of Dionysus, is marked by the refusal of the human condition imposed by Prometheus after he stole Zeus’ fire and handed over humanity. The development is nothing more than the search for a return to a certain state of natural purity, above civilization and its moral values.

The expression bacchanal comes from the cult, for example.

Dionysus mosaic

The difference in relation to Orphism is shown in the supposed diet of those who practice the cult, when seeking to assume a type of bestial state, where the practice of omophagy was common, that is, by the consumption of raw meat.

“Supposed” because there seems to be some divergence between those who consumed meat was only Dionysus or also his followers.

The political implications could not be different from the marginality of Orphism, especially because Dionisianism seeks to break with the values ​​posed by the political and religious condition of the city.

It may seem strange the possibility of different interpretations about the myths and consequences of religious-culinary performances, if we forget that there was no idea of ​​dogma, authoritatively imposed by a church.

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