The Martyrs of Bacchus

I have studied classics for years at the graduate level, but even though I’ve read many of the requisite sources in the original, it never really dawned on me how oppressed the followers of Dionysos were in Italy until Sannion’s project about the martyrs and then it clicked how the same sorts of things are going on today, and how relevant this is for us now.

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Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

Posted on September 13, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I commented to my students in the History of Witchcraft course in ’10 that there was a weird passing of the buck/handing down the oppression thing…first, the Romans said that Dionysians were having orgies and eating babies, etc.; then, they said the Christians were doing that; then later, the (Roman Catholic) Christians said that witches did that. You’d have thought they’d have learned their lesson on saying such egregious things after having been persecuted (perhaps–that’s no longer a certainty) themselves, but apparently not…


    • And it goes on today….the pervasive myth that the only way to overcome your oppression is to become an oppressor yourself.


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