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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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19) It is this violent stereotype of maenadism that Euripides' Bacchae exploited to great dramatic effect.
This statement reinforces the notion that in art, maenads and maenadism were fabrications.
This is the earliest, most comprehensive attempt to separate ritual maenadism from the creations of artists and poets.
Maenadism as a specifically female activity assumes in these two poems the form of negation of the marital transition which results in the individual's exclusion from society and in the destruction of the integrity of the female self.
26) While maenadism, moreover, constituted in ritual the benign negation of civilization that resulted in the eventual return of the woman to her home, in literature--more specifically, Greek tragedy as Seaford has recently shown-resistance to the male, in the form of the negation of the bridal transition, could occasion maenadic behavior ending in the death of the mate or in disaster for the household.
Bremmer, `Greek Maenadism Reconsidered', ZPE 55 (1984), 267ff.