What is Dionysus and Orphic Religion?July 2, 2021
It is a religious movement that reveals the understanding of soul migration in Greece. The word Orphik comes from the name of Orpheus, a legendary bard. However, this movement is more remarkable than its name. The God of the Orphic religion is Dionysus, who came to Greece from Thrace. In the presence of God, the vine (vine) is sacred. For this reason, God Dionysus blesses states of ecstasy and drunkenness. The believers of this religion worship God in their state of ecstasy and drunkenness. However, the Gods of the Homeric period are brought before us in the form of idealized human beings. In this classical period, magnificent and bright temples were built to worship the gods, and the worship was in the form of certain ceremonies. These classical forms of worship in Greece and the worship of Dionysus are definitely very different from each other. Dionysus is worshiped enthusiastically, especially at night, by organizing lantern processions. During these ceremonies, especially women pass out. According to this religious belief, man can only unite with Dionysus by being ecstatic.
We must add one more thing to this typical feature of orphic religion: According to Mythos, Dionysus is a god who died and was later resurrected. In other words, Dyonysos is a god who bows to death first and then sprouting a new life from death’s embrace. In the history of religions, there is a belief that people who believe in a God who died and resurrected themselves will be resurrected after death. This religion also requires belief in the evolution of the soul. Because when a person is resurrected after death; can be reborn in any form as human, animal or plant.