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in ancient Greece, a female follower of Bacchus, traditionally associated with divine possession and frenzied rites. Recorded from the late 16th century, the word comes via Latin from Greek ...
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Greek poets used the term “maenad” to refer to the mythical female followers of the god Dionysus. The Greek word
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Jan N. Bremmer
women inspired to ritual frenzy by *Dionysus. Maenadic rituals took place in the rough mountains of Greece in the heart of winter every second year. Having ceremonially left the city, maenads (probably upper-class women) would walk into the mountains shouting the cry ‘to the mountains’. Here they removed their shoes, left their hair down, and pulled up their fawn-skins. After a sacrifice of ...