Maenads – Nymphs, companions of Dionysus


In Greek mythology, Maenads were nymphs presented as companions and companions of the God Dionysus. The word mainas (the singular) appears in Homer, where is associated with mania. And indeed, the main feature of the Maenads were the ecstatic frenzy, that is beyond reason overactive kc. violent behavior. Referred to mainly as nurses of Dionysus and identify with the Bacchae.

The best description of their encounter in the tragedy the Bacchae of Euripides. In Macedonia, According to the "Life of Alexander by Plutarch, the Maenads were called Mimallwnes and Klwdwnes. In the rest of Greece referred to with the epithet Bassarides, Potniades etc., While the Thyiades and confused.
The Maenads wore wreaths of Ivy, smilaka and nebrides (Lightweight leather nebroy dresses, i.e. stag). Were at the mountains and could socialize with wild animals, which were taking their hands and thilazan. Worshipped Dionysus with songs, with "manikoys" dances and screams. Over their enthusiasm could uproot trees and kill loud beasts. Such was their strength, that she was their Dionysus. Moreover, animals hunted and ate their meat raw. The Maenads followed Dionysus even in his campaign in India. However, also associated with peace projects, as the harvest and wine making, as represented in vase paintings.

MAINADES ... ... ... ... ... In Ancient Greek Mythology, the Maenads were nymphs, companions and followers of the God Dionysus, their name literally translates as "make frantic». The word mainas (the singular) appears in Homer as a synonym of the word "frenzy". Indeed, the main feature of the Maenads were the ecstatic frenzy whatoften inspired by Dionysus, and through a combination of dancing and drunkenness, lose any self control, screamed and behave uncontrollably, hyperactive and violent beyond any reasonable.

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