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Bacchus Wand

See under thyroid rod.

In Greek and Roman mythology, this staff was carried by the female companions at the Dionysia or Bacchanalia, known as Maenads (later also Dionysiads) or Bacchantes, and more rarely also by the Satyrs (hybrid creatures made of half-man, half-goat). Those who had overindulged in wine could lean on such a staff. It consisted of a stalk of giant fennel, was crowned with a pine...

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