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Wine gods

Many peoples of antiquity had their own god for wine, often also in connection with love, joie de vivre, fertility, ecstasy and exuberant drinking. In ancient myths and religious works, many of these gods are depicted with a corresponding symbol, for example a wine cup, a vine or a bunch of grapes. These gods (or famous rulers who were equal to the gods) brought wine to the people as a divine gift. In all denominations of Christianity (Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant), the wine of the Mass (also altar wine) plays a central role in the Eucharist in slightly different ways.

Weingötter - Bacchus, Dionysos, Osiris, Schiwa

Therefore, in almost all religions of the world, wine (but also other alcoholic beverages) is a sacred and godly medium with which one established a relationship with God (or the gods) in a mystical manner and also often excessive consumption. The most famous wine gods are probably the Roman Bacchus and the Greek Dionysus. The best-known gods and rulers of various peoples worshipped as gods in connection with wine are:

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