"In the Greek myth Dionysus is a power of both life and death, an underworld god, lover, son of the Great Goddess in both her life and death aspects as Rhea and Persephone. He is a force of death, a Hades as much as the light of Zeus. Stag god, he is a lord of wild beasts and hunted stag, torn to pieces by maenadic women or wild dogs (Acteon). He is a hunter, a devourer of raw flesh, and himself devoured. Killed as a child and himself a killer of children, he is also an awakener of life after death, the god who dies but does not die. He embodies the play, aimless joy, and neediness of life, as well as the aggressive murderous lust for destruction that lurks in all of humanity."
— Edward Whitmont, Return of the Goddess (via hierarchical-aestheticism)