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History secret religious rites of Dionysus, Bacchus, etc., marked by drinking, dancing, and songs
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(1) A religious rite in the mysteries associated with the cults of many ancient Oriental (Astarte, Isis, Osiris, Cybele, Tammuz), Greek (Orpheus, Dionysus), and Roman gods. Orgies were frequently unruly.

(2) A wild banquet.

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What does it mean when you dream about an orgy?

A dream about an orgy suggests repressed desires of the id, desires for expression of one’s sexuality and passion. It indicates the need to be surrounded by the vital forces of life.

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Victor Brombert puts a 'Petronian' spin on gastronomic matters in Flaubert: Food plays an extraordinary role in his novel: feasts, orgies, bourgeois meals, peasant revels.
Chicago's Orgie Theatre Awards--which honor innovative and "possibly outlandish" work--went to Richard Cotovsky for artistic direction of Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.
On ne prolongea pas plus avant cette 'orgie', ils se quitterent sur la vision du fond de culotte de Madame Bonenfant qui n'avait visiblement pas prevu cette sortie en revetant sa culotte d'indemaillable noire de tous les jours.
La pit bassa delle orgie si compie ogni giorno, presso di lui, al suo capezzale, davanti al suo sinistro stupore.
In sy eerste belangrike werk, die eksperimente wat in Lobola vir die lewe, Die ambassadeur, Orgie en tot 'n mindere mate Miskien nooit beslag kry, is dit die estetiese woord--literatuur as spel--wat vooropstaan.
(5) Les vers decrivant une orgie lesbienne sont en latin: "Ultima quinetiam in penetralia saepe puellas [...]".
Afgesien van die orgie van verstrengelde, naakte liggame by Nick se huis in Houghton, is die vet vrou op die grasperk die verpersoonliking van die obsene liggaam, waar sy "geswole", "met haar bene wyd uitmekaar", stinkend en kaal met tussen haar bene iets wat "gloei" in die "digte wolbed", le.
In short, such occasions are marked by regression on all fronts, not least those of speech and eating: "personne ne sait plus ce qu'il mange, ce qu'il boit, ni ce qu'il dit; les uns sont tristes, les autres babillent; celui-ci est monomane et repete le meme mot comme une cloche qu'on a mise en branle; celui-la veut commander au tumulte; le plus sage propose une orgie."