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date: 04 December 2020

maenads, 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
Author(s):
John RobertsJohn Roberts

women inspired to ritual frenzy (mania) by Dionysus. Maenadic rituals took place in the mountains of Greece in mid‐winter every other year. Having ceremonially left the city, maenads (probably upper‐class women) would walk into the mountains crying ‘to the mountains’. Here they removed their shoes, let their hair down, and pulled up their fawn‐skins. After a sacrifice of cakes, they started their nightly dances (... ...

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