Dionysus had the power to drive his followers into a lustful frenzy. He also instilled drunkenness in people, and he had the power to project illusions. He was also known as Bromios, meaning "roaring," because of his ability to shift into a bull or lion. He also had close connections to the god Hades, and he was a medium between the dead and the living.
Dionysus was the god of wine and drunken celebrations. He was also an agriculture and fertility god, and he represented pleasure and sensuality. He was called Eleutherios, which means "the liberator," because of his power to free people of their inhibitions through music, dance and wine. According to the myth, those who took part in his parties became possessed by the god, and they felt a sense of empowerment.
Dionysus was divine and semi-divine because he was the son of Zeus and a mortal woman named Semele. He was the only god to be born from a mortal woman. He was also known as Bacchus in the Roman tradition, and he carried a wand to destroy anyone who posed a threat to his cults.
He was usually depicted in the company of humans and creatures who enjoyed his celebrations. For instance, Maenads were human women who followed him and were driven mad by his influence. Satyrs were animal-like friends of Dionysus who also enjoyed celebrating. Nymphs drank with the god as well, and they played the flute and danced.