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Bacchus

(băk`əs), in Roman religion and mythology, god of wine; in Greek mythology, DionysusDionysus
, in Greek religion and mythology, god of fertility and wine. Legends concerning him are profuse and contradictory. However, he was one of the most important gods of the Greeks and was associated with various religious cults. He was probably in origin a Thracian deity.
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. Dionysus was also the god of tillage and law giving. He was worshiped at Delphi and at the spring festival, the Great Dionysia. In Rome, the mysteries of his cult were closely guarded, and he was identified with an ancient god of wine, Liber Pater. Many legends connected with Dionysus were also used in the cult of Bacchus.
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A seventeenth-century engraving of a drunken Bacchus supported by two fauns. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library.

Bacchus

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Bacchus is asteroid 2,063 (the 2,063rd asteroid to be discovered, on April 24, 1977). It is approximately 1.2 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 1.1 years. Bacchus was named after the god of wine, the Roman equivalent of the Greek Dionysus. According to Martha Lang-Wescott, Bacchus is related to addictive syndrome, particularly to the denial, substitution, and management of uncomfortable emotions. This asteroid’s key word is “denial.” According to J. Lee Lehman, “Bacchus represents the way that a person seeks ecstasy through direct experience or passion.” Jacob Schwartz gives the astrological significance of this asteroid as “Ecstasy to encourage sensual excess and fertility; addictive personalities and behaviors and attempts to manage feelings through substitutions.”

Bacchus is also one of the names given to the hypothetical planet that some astrologers assert is orbiting beyond Pluto.

Sources:

Lehman, J. Lee. The Ultimate Asteroid Book. West Chester, PA: Whitford, 1988.
Lang-Wescott, Martha. Asteroids-Mechanics: Ephemerides II. Rev. ed. Conway, MA: Treehouse Mountain, 1990.
Schwartz, Jacob. Asteroid Name Encyclopedia. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1995.

Bacchus

god of this season. [Rom. Myth.: Hall, 130]
See: Autumn

Bacchus

(Gk. Dionysus) god of wine; honored by Bacchanalias. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 83]

Bacchus

god of wine. [Rom. Myth.: Hall, 37, 142]
See: Wine

Bacchus

(in ancient Greece and Rome) a god of wine and giver of ecstasy, identified with Dionysus
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