Enthusiasm

Mythological Dictionary

In cultic ritual, particularly Dionysiac, the initiate was often thought to become possessed by the god and transported to a state of ecstatic union with the divine. The Greeks decribed a person so exalted as being entheos, "filled with the god," which gave rise to the verb enthousiazein. Thus the English word enthusiasm, meaning an excited interest, passion, or zeal. See Bacchanal.

 
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