Rural Dionysia

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On December 10th, there is a Dionysian festival in the Hellenic calendar.

This Dionysian festival is called the “Rural Dionysia” and was celebrated in the rural areas of Ancient Greece.

As with many Hellenic celebrations, processions were held and in this instance with accompanying dancing and singing.

Festivities also included comedy productions and cheerful games which were enjoyed by all – even the slaves at the time.

Offerings of cake and symbols of phallus-es were made in honor of Dionysus before a representation of him.

This is an auspicious time to celebrate with merriment – dance, sing and amuse yourselves with comedy or games.

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Here is a hymn to Dionysus  which you can use as an offering prayer on this day whilst fumigating with some storax resin:

Orphic Hymn to Dionysus

Bacchus [Dionysos] I call, loud-sounding and divine, fanatic God, a two-fold shape is thine:
Thy various names and attributes I sing, O, first-born, thrice begotten, Bacchic king:
Rural, ineffable, two-form’d, obscure, two-horn’d, with ivy crown’d, euion, pure.
Bull-fac’d, and martial, bearer of the vine, endu’d with counsel prudent [Eubouleos] and divine:
Triennial, whom the leaves of vines adorn, of Jove [Zeus] and Proserpine [Persephoneia], occultly born.
Immortal dæmon, hear my suppliant voice, give me in blameless plenty to rejoice;
And listen gracious to my mystic pray’r, surrounded with thy choir of nurses fair.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2016

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