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Understanding many mortals of today are celebrating their Spring Break this season I felt it would be nice to tell some stories of my son Dionysus In ancient times the people of Athens would have a five-day celebration in honor of my son He was a well-known and well-respected god for many centuries Throughout time his follower and admirers wrote many stories about his life True to the many Greek stories told of us my sons creation was very dramatic I had an affair with Dionysuss mother Semele and though it wasnt the first time I had an affair my wife Hara was very upset with me Hara demanded that kill Semele When I killed her she was pregnant with Dionysus I rescued my son from Semeles ashes and sewed him to my leg until he was ready to be born I sent Dionysus to be raised by the Nysaean nymphs They took very good care of my son and to show them my gratitude I took the nymphs and placed them among the stars Dionysus was manly recognized as the god of wine and vegetation My son was nice enough to show the mortals how to cultivate grapevines and turn them into wine To the Greeks he became popular as the god of wine and cheer Dionysus was also known as Bacchus The Greeks would have a spring festival for him called Bacchanalias Theses festival became occasions for licentiousness and intoxication The indulgence of Bacchanalia became increasingly extreme and the Roman Senate prohibited the celebrations in 186 BC My sons symbols were grapes rams thyrsus and serpents His domain was vegetation pleasure freedom and civilization Dionysus could make people feel light hearted and happy though if you ever crossed him you would feel his wrath having me as his father did help him of course
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