maenad

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maenad

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Classical myth a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus; bacchante
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But here the analogy could take on another meaning, one not mentioned explicitly by Sartre, if we consider that Orpheus misses the opportunity of reclaiming Eurydice from Pluto by looking back, and it is only after being disfigured by the Bacchants that he finally can be reunited with his love.
In the version in the Brussels Musee des Beaux Arts, Silenus is one slide of fluster and ivresse, with a glowing spill of flesh, a drench of toppled wine and a slope of silver hair, caught up in a dithyrambic whirl accentuated by a maenad's tambourine; thronged around by Bacchants who struggle to support his bulk, their double chins slipping agog into their obesity as the maenad dodges a faun's smacking kiss.