In his earliest Minoan form, Dionysus is associated with honey beer or mead. Both honey and grab juice become images of Dionysus because they ferment. When honey ferments what has rotted comes back to life by bubbling up and in this way its spirit survives. You drink the ‘spirit’ and it comes to life in a new body. The god becomes reconstituted.
This type of tomfoolery is not permitted at Coachella
21 days to go until Coachella, so let’s take a look at the rules.
This is strange, and something I’m not familiar with. At what point did bringing drums to a concert ever become an option? Only Hari Krishna’s would travel with drums. I don’t recall ever attending a concert and seeing people carting in drums. I’m wondering if this is somehow tangentially related to the Matthew McConaughey naked bongo playing incident of 1999.
NO Knives / Weapons Etc.
I’m guessing this is to stave off Indie v Alt turf wars.
NO Chains / Chain Wallets
Are the concert promoters familiar with the general fan base? This is not a Judas Priest marathon.
Clearly, they are against any form of sitting during the concert, although this is probably in response to stampede issues. Although what moron sits on a blanket while everyone else is standing, and frankly they should insist people bring blankets. Everyone sits, no one gets hurt – there’s a reason why Kindergarten teachers do this. Actually, now that I consider it, the no blanket rule may function to prevent fornication during concerts. I guess Tubbs and I won’t be recreating the birth of the Beer Goddess during the Gil-Scott Heron concert (which is really a drag). Continue reading
58 days and counting… (to Coachella)
From a cultural standpoint, getting drunk with a few thousand people in the name of music and booze is nothing new. People have been engaging in these types of social rituals for tens of thousands of years.
In Ancient Sumer for e.g., music and inebriation were part and parcel of ritual worship. Their big yearly festival included a public act of coitus between the King of Uruk and the High Priestess Ishtar. While local musicians strummed diatonic scales on lyres, drunken revelers watched the literal reenactment of the mythical union that resulted in the birth of Ninkasi, the goddess of beer! Over in Ancient Greece, the Oracle of Delphi and her flute wielding female minions spent their off months worshipping Dionysus. In between all night JethroTull-like jam sessions, they’d drink themselves silly and have orgies with animal bones (aka ‘divine dildos’). Continue reading