By Jon D. Mikalson
Ancient Greek Religion offers an advent to the elemental ideals, practices, and significant deities of Greek religion.
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Ther~ JS no doubt that once in a time of great adversity it was MYTH AND CULTUS 43 believed that the god, who lovingly watches over the flocks, was seen walking around the city in this way, and that salvation came, thanks to his protection. To acknowledge this epiphany, there had to be a ritual. It was the living monument of an overwhelming event. How could man who had been touched by the Divine remain inert and motionless when all genuine revelation awakens the power of creativity? The vision which the people of Tanagra saw was far from an hallucination.
Instead, one prefers to believe that Dionysus, for unknown reasons, limited himself, in the course of time, to a special area even though there is no evidence in the sources for a more inclusive area. On the contrary, this can be surmised only through hypotheses, and this is done only because one wishes to derive the remarkable belief, of which the Greek sources speak, from the simplest of concepts. Hence, all of the great attributes which make up the character of Dionysus are supposed to have come together purely by accident, from the outside, and not to have arisen out of an inner necessity because of what he was.
Ace, and Phrygia, which was inhabited by a related people, are looked upon as his birthplace. It was thought at first that he migrated directly from Thrace to Greece. More recently, however, it is held that compelling reasons have been discovered for the idea that he came, rather, over the sea, out of Phrygia or Lydia. Both views were finally combined by ~on. 1 According to him, Dionysus must have made his way into the Greek mainland from Thrace as well as from P~gia, once in his pld-Thracian form, the other time in a form modified by the influence of neighboring re)jgions in Asia Minor.
Ancient Greek Religion (Blackwell Ancient Religions) by Jon D. Mikalson