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12.20 The Passion Drama of the Dying God
But the splendor of the god, to whom all of the treasure rooms of the world have been opened, is overcast suddenly by a profound darkness. Behind the enraptured truth there looms another truth which brings on horror and catches up the dancers in a madness which is no longer sweet but somber. This is represented in the myth, first of all, by the motif of severe persecution.
He rips the ones he has affected out of their wifely decency and morality and mates them with the mysteries and madnesses of the chaos of night. The destruction of his mother is followed by suffering, bitter distress, and violent death for all who become involved, including his maenads and the god himself. The character of the savage god and the dangerous wildness of his female chorus also found their…
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