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ANOTHER FALSE EMPHASIS ON BACCHUS AS PROMOTER OF VICE

"Triumphzug des Bacchus? or Silenus! (Bacchic Triumphal Procession)" (see details) (see related A | B), 1536 Maerten van Heemskerck (1498-1574) Kunst Museum, Vienna, Austria

Christians love to represent Bacchus as promoting "Bacchanalia" with the sense of vice and drunkenness. In fact, instead of Bacchus, this representation may be of Silenus, a companion of the god of wine Dionysus. This depiction points toward an association (probably) with the Ephesian mysteries - the mystery of the human soul.

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