(Greek mythology theme challenge)
Dionysus was the great Olympian god of wine, vegetation, pleasure and festivity. He was depicted as either an older bearded god or a pretty effeminate, long-haired youth. His attributes included the thyrsos (a pine-cone tipped staff), drinking cup, leopard and fruiting vine. He was usually accompanied by a troop of Satyrs and Mainades (female devotees or nymphs).
Myths associated with the god include:
-Hera inflicting madness upon him and he wandering over Aigyptos (Egypt) and Syria. The Aigyptian king Proteus first welcomed him
-His marriage to Ariande, daughter of King Minos of Krete
-Travelling Asia and India to teach viticulture and wine making.
Dionysus is the productive, overflowing and intoxicating power of nature, which carries man away from his usual quiet and sober mode of living. Wine is the most natural and appropriate symbol of that power, and it is therefore called "the fruit of Dionysus."