Days of the Dead

In addition to festivals such as Anthesteria, Genesia, Lemuria, Parentalia or Halloween we in the Starry Bull tradition have set aside a number of days throughout the year to honor different portions of the Dionysian Dead.

On July 3rd we honor the Dionysian Prophets, those who were filled with an inspiring frenzy and spoke the God’s words to men. This includes Orpheus, Mousaios, Rhesos, Melampos, Tieresias, Akoites, Empedokles, Olympias, the Low-born Greek, Paculla Annia, the wife of Spartacus, all of his diviners and oracles attested or otherwise, Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Otto, Jim Morrison and so forth.

On August 1st we honor the Dionysian Kings, those who ruled on his behalf and acted out his myths on the world stage. This includes all of the legendary sons of Dionysos, Orpheus, Pentheus, Achilles, Oeneus, Akoites, Skyles, Alexander the Great, the Attalids, the Ptolemies, Demetrios Poliokertes, Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, Hadrian, Herodes Attikos, Heliogabalos, the Borgias, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jim Morrison and so forth.

On October 7th we honor the Dionysian Martyrs, those who suffered and gave up their lives for the sake of Dionysos.

And on December 8th we honor the Dionysian Artists, those whose creativity contributed greatly to the Bacchic Orphic tradition, people such as Arachne, Orpheus, Arion, Thespis, Archilochos, Pindar, Herakleitos, Aischylos, Sophokles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Rhinthon, Kratinos, Sannio, Ptolemy Auletes, Nonnos, Dioscoros, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Tristano Martinelli, Luís Vaz de Camões, François Rabelais, Pierre de Ronsard, Robert Herrick, Georges Bataille, Antonin Artaud, Jim Morrison and so forth.