Drink Wine Day
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Today's Musings, History & Folklore
A Flute of Mad Wine
Today, Drink Wine Day, is a day to celebrate this most ancient and prized of beverages.
The earliest archaeological evidence of chemically attested grape wine was discovered at Hajji Firuz in the northwestern Zagros Mountains, ca. 5400 BC. Both archaeological and genetic evidence suggest that the earliest production of wine may slightly predate this, with the earliest wine-making likely having taken place in Trans-Caucasia (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), through the region between Eastern Turkey, and Northwest Iran.
Dionysus is the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre, and religious ecstasy in Greek mythology, from his Roman counterpart, Bacchus, we get the word bacchanlia, a drunken revelry.
The Dionysian Mysteries were a ritual of ancient Greece and Rome which used intoxicants and other trance-inducing techniques (like dance and music) to remove inhibitions and social constraints, liberating the individual to return to a natural state.
For more on the Dionysian Mysteries, the wine glasses below.
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