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Tranny Island Orgies


Tranny Island Orgies

The Orgia (Orgiastic festivals) of the Phrygian Mother of the Gods were introduced to Greece by way the island of Samothrake. They were closely connected with the Orgies of the god Dionysos, whose Phrygian counterpart, Sabazios, was described as a son of the goddess.

Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 1. 1076 ff (trans. Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) :"[The Argonauts celebrate the orgies of the Meter Theon on Mt Didymnos near Kyzikos in Mysia :] Standing in the woods, there was an ancient vine with a massive trunk withered to the roots. They cut this down to make a sacred image of the Mountain Goddess; and when Argos had skilfully shaped it, they set it up on a rocky eminence under the shelter some tall oaks, the highest trees that grow, and made an altar of small stones near by. Then, crowned with oak-leaved, they began the sacrificial rites, invoking the Meter Dindymene (Mother of Mt Dindymos), most worshipful, who dwells in Phrygia; and with her, Titias and Kyllenos. For these two are singled out as dispensers of doom and assessors to the Meter Idaia (Mother of Mt Ida) . . .Jason, pouring libations on the blazing sacrifice, earnestly besought the goddess to send the stormy winds elsewhere. At the same time, by command of Orpheus, the younger men in full armour moved round in a high-stepping dance, beating their shields with their swords to drown the ill-omened cries that came up from the city, where the people were still wailing for their king [i.e. Kyzikos, king of the Doliones, who was accidentally killed by the Argonauts]. This is why the Phrygians to this day propitiate Rhea with the tambourine and drum. The goddess they invoked observed the flawless sacrifice with pleasure."

Propertius, Elegies 3. 17 (trans. Goold) (Roman elegy C1st B.C.) :"Dircean Thebes will beat the wanton tambourine [in the orgies of Dionysos] . . . nearby, wearing her turreted headdress, the great goddess Cybele will clash her hoarse cymbals to accompany the Idean dance."

Nonnus, Dionysiaca 3. 40 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) :"The prophetic breezes escorted his [Kadmos'] vessel to the Thrakian coast [of the island of Samothrake], by divine Rheia's ordinance. The sailors rejoiced to see the sleepless flame of the Samian torch [used in the Samothrakian Mysteries]."

The most famous of the Orgia of the Meter Theon (after the Phrygia) were held on Mt Ida in the Troad. In Greek Mythology these Idaian rites were established by Troy's first King Dardanos, who introduced them from the island of Samothrake.

Strabo, Geography 12. 8. 11 (trans. Jones) (Greek geographer C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :"Kyzikos [in the land of the Doliones, Mysia] is an island in the Propontis, being connected with the mainland by two bridges . . . One part of the city is on level ground and the other is near a mountain called Arkton-oros (Bear Mountain). Above this mountain lies another mountain, Dindymos; it rises into a single peak, and it has a temple of the Metros Theon Dindymene (Dindymean Mother of the Gods), which was founded by the Argonauts." 59ce067264


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