Ironically enough, two years ago around this time I posted the piece Dionysos and the Jews, which discusses his history with this people and emphatically denounces anti-Semitism in all its forms. I guess New Years is the time to honor Yahweh at the House of Vines.
I’m tempted to write more about Beit She’an (otherwise known as Nysa or Scythopolis) the Judaean city said to be founded by Dionysos and settled by a contingent of his Ukrainian troops (which would be a nice nod to the Starry Bear side of things) as well as the final resting place of one of his Nurses.
However, if I were to write more on this theme I’d probably discuss Asherah, the wife of Yahweh who was stolen from him when the Israelites slid into the error of monotheism, as she does not receive nearly enough attention or honors these days. (Something that causes him great sorrow, from the impressions I’ve gotten from Yahweh in ritual.)
Instead I’ve got other writing projects clamoring for my attention, including some stuff on Lenaia which is fast approaching. Still, I’d encourage my readers to take a moment and reflect on the Widower and his lost Bride. May they one day – soon – be reunited!