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(mē`nădz), in Greek and Roman religion and mythology, female devotees of Dionysus. They roamed mountains and forests, adorned with ivy and skins of animals, waving the thyrsus. When they danced, they often worked themselves into an ecstatic frenzy, during which they were capable of tearing wild animals to pieces with their bare hands. The maenads were also called (for Bacchus) bacchantes or bacchae.


See R. S. Kraemer, Maenads, Martyrs, Matrons, Monastics (1988).

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We first learn of Dionysos from the Asiatic maenads of the chorus who have been initiated by the god; then by two old men of Thebes who stress the universal importance of the god.
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