I often sense that a culture in the throes of death wants only to save itself. We live in those times, I think, where there is much emphasis on saving ourselves. We are so enamored with heroics. But do they not keep us from where we are right now? What about the nature of disintegration? Could we learn more about our present situation from Dionysus? I think so. Here is a wonderful piece by Barb Turner on Dionysus.
The following is an excerpt from my dissertation on Dionysus, trauma, and initiation. It is out of the section exploring Zeus as the male womb. I put it here for my peeps interested in archetypal psychology.
Dionysus Son of Zeus
Persona, Flexibility, and God of the Mask
Dionysus is not the God behind the mask. He is the mask. . . . He is concerned with the constant metamorphosis of identity and opposed to any fixed identification with a role. (Paris, 2003, p. 49, original italics)
Dionysus, child of Zeus, birthed of his father’s thigh, is also the God of Theater and of the Mask. As the child of the thigh, his dismemberment is a given, for wounding and loss are intrinsic to the transformation of thigh into womb. He is thrice-born, once of his mother, once of his father, and a third time as an outcome of the…
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