[MD] Orphism and SOM

Ron Kulp xacto at rocketmail.com
Thu May 21 14:07:31 PDT 2015

The myth of the dismemberment of Dionysus by the Titans, is alluded to byPlato in his Phaedo (69d) in which Socrates claims that the initiations of the Dionysian Mysteries are similar to those of the philosophic path. 
Orpheus was said to have invented the Mysteries of Dionysus.[4]Poetry containing distinctly Orphic beliefs has been traced back to the 6th century BC[5] or at least 5th century BC, and graffiti of the 5th century BC apparently refers to "Orphics"
The main elements of Orphism differed from popular ancient Greek religion in the following ways:

by characterizing human souls as divine and immortal but doomed to live (for a period) in a "grievous circle" of successive bodily lives throughmetempsychosis or the transmigration of souls.
by prescribing an ascetic way of life which, together with secret initiation rites, was supposed to guarantee not only eventual release from the "grievous circle" but also communion with god(s).
I found it wildly interesting that the Orphic symbols pointing to the dynamic renewal and divine inspiration is also the root of the subject object dichotomy. In fact Plato's theory of forms seems to be Influenced by the Dionysian idea of soul and body. My eyes have now turned to Orphism. To gain a deeper understanding of the metaphysics of Quality. 

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