Sacred not Secret

Daniel Janse Van Rensburg

Current Gallery
DF Contemporary
Cape Town, Western Cape


Contemporary Art; Investment


Sacred not Secret

by Daniel Janse Van Rensburg

MYTHOLOGY: Dionysus. the Legend of the Golden Mule and the ritual of the rose. The mythical motif of “riding on a donkey” is often taken as a sign of humility. The donkey was also a common symbol of the lower “animal” nature in the Greek Mysteries of Dionysus. Lucius Apuleius wrote a story called The Golden Ass, which was an allegorical tale of initiation. The plot revolves around the protagonist's curi- osity and insatiable desire to see and practice magic. While trying to perform a spell to transform into a bird, he is accidentally transformed into an ass. This leads to a long journey, literal and metaphorical- ly. He finally finds salvation through the intervention of the goddess Isis and the ritual of the rose. At his final initiation he is transformed back into a human being. This story is symbolic of the initiate being overcome by his lower nature and then, through initiation into the Mysteries, rediscovering his true identity.

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