Wands of Dionysus Sins of Prometheus: Thyrsus Narthex & Fire
Fennel stalk wands were totem objects belonging to both Dionysus and Prometheus. Wands used as liturgy paraphernalia that took on many guises: wands that could fly, wands that made wine and honey, some led the assembled congregation while others, brought fire and light. Being revered sacred objects, they embodied transcendence and transformation, they were magical like their modern descendants who still entertain us through pulling rabbits from hats or instigating mysterious vanishing tricks. Yet the relationship between Dionysus, Prometheus and their wands has never been unravelled, until now. Why was the Dionysian wand wholesome and just, while the wand of Prometheus, the god who man, unwholesome and sinful?
In this major new account on the Dionysian thyrsus and the Promethean narthex, Le’Shon tells the gripping story on why these wands symbolised a gory past of human sacrifice and cannibalism; though through them brought together multiple interconnected tribes who forsook their blood kinship. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of great civilizations. He draws a sweeping panorama on the evolution of thyrsus and narthex myths that had once belonged to the peoples of the Late Bronze Age, showing that it was their innovative rituals that hastened these peoples’ dramatic rise; ushering paradigmic social systems that ultimately seeded the modern world.
A compelling short book, Wands of Dionysus Sins of Prometheus: Thyrsus Narthēx & Fire. sheds new light on the entwining root of Dionysus’s birth, corn spirits, agriculturalism and Prometheus’s fall from grace. First principle myths that gave rise to the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece