Greek Silenus & Dionysis
We couldn't resist this image of gentle
fatherhood and foster parenting. Silenus, son of Hermes, was foremost among the
woodland spirits. Exceptionally wise and gentle, he was chosen as foster
father to Bacchus/Dionysus.
The infant god of wine and celebration is
cradled by his sturdy forest guardian, and was later present when Dionysus wed
Thereafter merry Silenus rode a donkey in all
bacchanal processions. He represents the ideal father and the best and
dearest of the fathers you love.
and Roman Gods and Heroes
Buddhist Gods and Heroes
Mystics and Saints