Bacchus, known as Dionysus in ancient Greece, was the name adopted by the Romans as the god of wine and grape harvest and all around wild and crazy parties. You know, a lot like Spring Release in Walla Walla, with wine, intoxication, fertility rites, orgies, endless music, ritual madness, gluttony, ecstatic dancing, and often nudity. The prime years of Bacchus took place around 200 BC. Spring Release in Walla Walla takes place every first weekend of May.
|A young Bacchus with the nymphs at Bennington Lake at Walla Walla.|