Nov 202010

In the Cult of Dionysios, after all the ecstatic dancing was concluded, the dancers finished off with an equally ecstatic frenzy of tearing apart and eating the raw flesh of a goat, small deer or other similar animal. Sparagmos is the ritual dismemberment or tearing apart of an animal, whereas omophagia is the act of eating raw flesh. This was a communion ceremony where the worshiper took in the raw nature of Dionysios. These rites were practiced up to the 5th century and well into Roman times.

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