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Satyrs - Party Animals

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Party Animals

The satyrs can go toe to toe (hoof to hoof?) with any of the other members of this hard-partying clique. These guys are always out all night doing their thing. Even when they bother showing up to school, they usually just skip class. You're much more likely to find them burning their report cards in the bathroom than sitting in a classroom.


As the god of wine and revelry, Dionysus is definitely the ringleader of this group. This god is most famous for his wild Bacchanals in which everybody gets drunk and crazy, all to be closer to him. Sometimes these parties get seriously wild, resulting in bloody violence and ritual sacrifice.


These female followers of Dionysus are as wild as it gets. They're known for drinking and dancing until they reach a state of total ecstasy. Sometimes they even have super strength while under the influence of their god and can do crazy stuff like rip off a person's head with their bare hands. (Don't believe us? Check out The Bacchae by Euripides.)


This goat-god is as wild they get. Along with his little buddies, the satyrs, he's in constant attendance at Dionysus' Bacchanals. Like a lot of the other members of this group, Pan makes it his goal in life to drink and carouse as much as possible.


This Hindu god has a ton of different aspects and incarnations, and he's still worshiped by millions of people. Like our buddy Dionysus, he's associated with hedonism (the pursuit of pleasure)—and what's a good party without a little hedonism? Also true to his Greek friend, Shiva has big groups of women followers who party all night until they reach a state of ecstasy. But like the Bacchic rituals, these gatherings aren't just for recreation; they are sacred celebrations. Sometimes Shiva holds back, but he also knows how to party with the best of 'em.

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