Sunday and Greek Sexy Time again! (and bloggers: feel free to join in with your own interpretation of «Sexy Sunday». Write a story, post a photo, paint a painting – the choice is yours. Leave me a link if you do come up with something.)
This time I actually recognized which god this was relating too, because he’s probably my favourite god amongst all the gods out there. Way cooler than Allah, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Krishna and all those other deities! I proudly present to you: Dionysus – the god of wine!
Dionysus (/daɪ.əˈnaɪsəs/; Greek: Διόνυσος, Dionysos) was the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy in Greek mythology.
The earliest discussions of mythological parallels between Dionysus and the figure of the Christ in Christian theology can be traced to Friedrich Hölderlin, whose identification of Dionysus with Christ is most explicit in Brod und Wein (1800–1801) and Der Einzige (1801–1803).
Modern scholars such as Martin Hengel, Barry Powell, Robert M. Price, and Peter Wick, among others, argue that Dionysian religion and Christianity have notable parallels. They point to the symbolism of wine and the importance it held in the mythology surrounding both Dionysus and Jesus Christ; though, Wick argues that the use of wine symbolism in the Gospel of John, including the story of the Marriage at Cana at which Jesus turns water into wine, was intended to show Jesus as superior to Dionysus.
Scholars of comparative mythology identify both Dionysus and Jesus with the dying-and-returning god mythological archetype. Other elements, such as the celebration by a ritual meal of bread and wine, also have parallels. Powell, in particular, argues precursors to the Catholic notion of transubstantiation can be found in Dionysian religion.