short story slam week 72, july 20 to august 6, 2017
Ivy was a
sacred plant of the Greek god Dionysos, the god of wine, fertility and
the theatre. It is said that at a celebration honouring Dionysos, a
young maiden, Cissos, who overdid the dancing, drinking and celebrating,
died of exhaustion, so Dionysus turned her into an ivy plant. Since
then, the god was said to wear a crown of ivy leaves in memory of the
poor young woman who died in his honour in a paroxysm of ritual madness.