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Death and the growth of the vine

Here we see The-Saviour killed. The vine then grows from his bodily remains. In turn those he loves, he turns into a vine also.

The Titans] surprised the child-god Dionysus as he was playing with the toys. Jealous Hera had instigated them to this: . . . The Titans had whitened their faces with chalk. They came like spirits of the dead from the Underworld, to which Zeus had banished them. They attacked the playing boy, tore him into seven pieces and threw these into a cauldron standing on a tripod. When the flesh was boiled, they began roasting it over the fire on seven spits.

. . . When Zeus smote the Titans with his lightning they had already eaten the flesh of Dionysus. They must have been hurled back into the Underworld, since . . . they are invoked as the subterranean ancestors of mankind. . . .

The boiled limbs of the god were burnt—with the exception of a single part—and we may presume that the vine arose from the ashes. The body part was devoured neither by the Titans nor by the fire nor by the earth . . . . A goddess was present at the meal—in later tales, the goddess Pallas Athene—and she hid the body part in a covered basket. Zeus took charge of it. It was said to have been Dionysos’s heart.

This statement contains a pun: for it was also said that Zeus entrusted the kradiaios Dionysos to the goddess: Hipta [the mother goddess] [or great mother Rhea], so that she might carry it on her head . . . kradiaios is a word of double meaning: it can be derived both from kradia, “heart,” and from krade, “fig-tree,” in which latter derivation it means an object made of fig-wood. The basket on Hipta’s head was a liknon: a winnowing-fan, such as was carried on the head at festal processions, and contained a phallus hidden under a pile of fruit-Dionysos himself having made the Phallus of fig-wood. 816

Ampelos, a Satyr youth loved by the god Dionysos. After he was slain by a wild bull the god transformed him into a grape vine. “[The constellation] Grape-Gatherer (Vindemitor) . . . Its cause, too, takes a moment to teach. Beardless Ampelos, they say, a Nympha’s and a Satyrus’s son, was loved by Dionysos on Ismarian hills in Thrake. He trusted him with a vine hanging from the leaves of an elm; it is now named for the boy. The reckless youth fell picking gaudy grapes on a branch and was transformed by the god into the very first grapevine 817

816 C. Kerenyi, The Gods of the Greeks, pp. 254-2.56.

817 Ovid, Fasti 3. 407 ff (trans.Boyle)

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Read about the serpentine nature of the human soul in an earlier blog ;)

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Read about the world tree in an earlier ArchTale blog ; )

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Gotcha

It was just a side thought I had.

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@cbishop:

Me too but This was a really really bad day.

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@cbishop:

Just because you are replying to the greatest man in Australia, doesn't mean you have to be humble like I am.

Heheh Nah I never thought you were bragging.

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Oh all write I will

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I know you won't do the "push em away- see if they stay" thing that many people fall into.