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Holiday in ancient Rome to honor the god Bacchus (the Greek Dionysus), occurring on March 16 and 17. They began around 200 B.C.E. They eventually became quite wild and licentious, and were banned in Italy without a special dispensation from the Roman Senate. Today, the term means any revel where the participants seem drunken and orgiastic.
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Philip H. Farber, author of Brain Magick and the new High Magick: A Guide to Cannabis in Ritual & Mysticism.
Right now, as I write this, the state in which I live is about to have a historic vote...