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Beer Gods

Beer Gods... and Goddesses etc.

NINKASINinkasi is the Ancient Sumerian Goddess of beer and brewing. It is said that she provides the world with the secret to make beer. In Sumerian culture, she is also known for her power to satisfy human desire.SILENUSSilenus, in Ancient Greek mythology, is the God of beer and a drinking companion. He is usually associated with his buddy, Dionysus. He is often featured as a bald and fat man, with a big beer belly. He is normally drunk and it is said that he had to be carried either by donkeys or satyrs.DIONYSUSDionysus is famously known for being the Ancient Greek God of intoxicating drinks like wine and beer. He is also known as the Liberator as he liberates oneself with the intoxicating power of alcoholic drinks. He is the son of Zeus and considered Silenus his tutor.OSIRISOsiris, in Ancient Egyptian culture, is the God of agriculture. He is also known as the God of beer. A Greek historian from the time of Julius Caesar once wrote that, “Osiris taught the people how to brew the beverage which is made of barley, which is not inferior to wine in odour and potency.”AEGIRIn Norse mythology, Aegir is actually the God of the sea. It is believed that he has the control of the storms and turbulent seas. He is also known as the God of beer and brewing.TEZCATZONTECATLIn the Aztec tradition, Tezcatzontecatl is the God of pulque (a traditional alcoholic beverage made of fermented juice of the century plant, and similar to beer). He is also associated with drunkenness and fertility. A monument built like a pyramid was built on top of the Tepozteco Mountain for the worshiper and now, this place has become a well known archaeological site.MBABA MWANA WARESAIn Zulu mythology, Mbaba Mwana Waresa is the Goddess of beer because it is believed that she created the first beer for human comsumption. She is also known as the Goddess of rain and the rainbow. She is celebrated for her search of true love.YASIGIIn certain African cultures, Yasigi is the Goddess of beer, dance and masks. Her statue portrays her as large-breasted female holding a beer ladle while dancing.RADEGASTIn the Czech mythology, Radegast is the God of hospitality and mutuality. According to the legend, he is credited for the creation of beer.RAUGUPATIS & RAUGUTIENEIn Ancient Baltic and Slavic mythology, Raugupatis is known as the God of fermentation. Raugutiene is Raugupatis' partner and she is known as the Goddess of beer.

Anthony van Dyck'sDrunken Silenus supported by Satyrs Silenus taught Bacchus the very meaning of Bacchanalian behaviour. Often depicted as a bearded, fat, bald, jovial, drunkard, he reminds me of someone. I just can't think who.



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