Bacchus’s goodwill and benevolence sprouted from a young age during his journey around the world. Not many years after his birth, he became infuriated when Hera, wife of Zeus, struck him with madness. This resulted in a very unpleasant childhood for him. In anger, he left Mount Olympus and travelled throughout the world. In his journey, he encountered Cybele, the “mother of gods,” who cured him from his madness and allowed him to continue a more peaceful journey. Throughout the rest of his voyage he compassionately taught farming techniques to many villagers. More specifically, while in Asia, he gave lessons on how to grow grapes and cultivate vine. While Bacchus may not have immediately noticed it, he was performing large acts of kindness all along the way, which were the first steps of him becoming a benevolent god. His continuance of benevolence is illustrated through several different myths.
Bacchus, identical to the Greek god Dionysus, is depicted as compassionate and kindhearted in many myths...
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...ned movie Fantasia and synopsis of the upcoming play Bacchus in Rehab clearly show Bacchus as a kind and helpful god.
While many view Bacchus as the notorious, alcoholic god, it is clear that he can, instead, be viewed as a benevolent and caring god. First, throughout his journey, he compassionately taught commoners the art of growing grapes and cultivating vine. Second, he generously granted King Midas the power of turning everything he touched into gold and kindly helped him remove it when he found Midas in distress. In another myth, he sympathetically saved his mother from the underworld. Third, Bacchus was (and will be) portrayed in film and theater as a sympathetic and solicitous god who has an urge to help others. These depictions of Bacchus show that he was not only not an arrogant and inconsiderate drunkard, but also a compassionate, caring samaritan.
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