“Now you have died and now you have been born, thrice blessed, on this day.
Say to Persephone that Bakkhios himself has released you.
You have leapt, a bull, into the milk.
You have leapt, a goat, into the milk.
You have fallen, a ram, into the milk.
You have wine, fortunate one.
And end awaits you such as the rest of the blessed.”
In 1974 this invocation was discovered near the toe of Italy. It dates back to the mid-fifth-century, and appears to reference an initiation into the cult of Dionysus. The poem was written on leafs shaped like tiny leafs if ivy.
The words “You have leapt, a bull, into the milk” seem to imply leaping into the unknown– discovering the bliss of being that lies therein. If so, then Dionysus may an image of the Self.
Invocation Cited in:
- Powell, A. (1997) The Greek World, Routledge, p. 497.
Reference for the image:
- Bacchus and Ariadne, Titan, 1520 – 1523, in US Public Domain