Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Greece - January 14, 2010

Salutations Maenads!

At last, our favorite time in the month has arrived. A wine-gathering awaits this Thursday evening and will be hosted by our fellow Maenad- Marie. We will indulge in the wine of the Greeks, who have left us a grand legacy. Their culture has left us with enriching teachings of the great philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and has served as the foundation to Western Civilization.

One of the most pertinent attributes to us is the Greek Mythology, which is where the name Maenads is derived from. Maenads were the female followers of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. Inspired by Dionysus, maenads were portrayed to be in a state of ecstatic frenzy, through a combination of dancing and drunken intoxication. In this state, they would lose all self –control, begin shouting excitedly, and engage in uncontrolled sexual behavior. The goal was to achieve a state of enthusiasm in which the celebrants’ souls were temporarily freed from their earthly bodies and were able to commune with Dionysus and gain a glimpse of and a preparation for what they would someday experience in eternity.