Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bacchante # 15 (illustrated by Andy Fish)

In Greek mythology, The Bacchante are crazy, wild women living in the forests. They are capable of tearing animals (and sometimes people) into pieces with their bare hands. They are sometimes called Maenads, but regardless of their name they are ferocious and insatiable in their desires and violence. In Roman mythology, The Bacchante are the female followers of Bacchus, the god of wine and intoxication.

In The Sandman Special # 1, Orpheus encounters The Bacchante.

Orpheus is sitting on a hilltop, still mourning the death of his wife when the Bacchante come upon him. He is torn apart by a group of women and his head is thrown into the ocean.

This particular Bacchante is one of the first that Orpheus encounters. She asks Orpheus if he will eat raw flesh with them. She can be seen in The Sandman Special # 1 (The Song Of Orpheus), page 44 in panel 4.

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