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How often do you think about the origin of the alcoholic beverage youre drinking I bet not too often But after reading this report Im sure youll think about the beginning of wine and other alcoholic drinks every time youre partying Dionysus Bacchus was the Greek god of the vines which is where wine comes from The name Dionysus itself means he who gives wine He is also the god of joy fertility and agriculture He has a dual nature On one hand he brings joy and great ecstasy On the other hand he brings brutal unthinking rage These reflecting both sides of wine nature Dionysus is the son of Semele and Zues He is the only god to have a mortal parent Zues came to Semele one night only as a divine presence She was so pleased to be the lover of a god even though she did not know which one Hera became enraged when she found out about the affair She disguised herself as Zues and convinced Semele she would see her lover as he really was When Zues returned to Semele she made him promise to grant her one wish He agreed to it and even swore on the Styx River She then asked him to show her his true form Zues was unhappy knowing what would happen but having sworn he had no choice He appeared in his true form and Semele instantly turned to ashes Zues managed to rescue Dionysus and stitch him into his thigh until he was ready to be born This birth from Zues alone confirmed immortality upon him After Dionysus was born Hera was still in a jealous rage and ordered the Titans to kill him They followed her orders and ripped Dionysus to pieces However Rhea brought him back to life and Zues arranged for his protection He did this by leaving him with the Nysaean nymphs who nourished him
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