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Greek Gods and Goddess: Iacchus

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Introduction to Iacchus

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Iacchus and the myths and legends surrounding Iacchus, Iacchus relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Iacchus

He seems to be part of the rituals concerned with Dionysus, Bacchus, a statue of Iacchus was carried in the processions of the Eleusinian mysteries. It appears he is the orchestrator or leader of the dance, and he apparently wore a crown of Myrtle, which was considered a powerful Aphrodisiac, and carried a torch. From Aristrophanes comedy The Frogs I find the following passages. Iacchus, here abiding in temples most reverend, Iacchus, O Iacchus, come to dance in this meadow; to your holy mystic bands Shake the leafy crown around your head, brimming with myrtle. Awake, for it has come tossing torches in hand, Iacchos, Oh Iacchos, the light-bringing star of our nocturnal rite. Now the meadow brightly burns. Now then Summon the god of the hour with your songs the partner of this dance of ours. Iacchus, honoured by all, deviser of our festal song most sweet, follow us here to the goddess and show us how you travel a long road with ease. Iacchus, lover of the dance, lead me onward. Thus, it seems most obvious to me, that Iacchus was the Light bringing, torch bearing, goddess of dawn, the Morning Star Venus, also called Phosphorus. See under Dionysus and Bacchus and Venus and Phosphorus.

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