Sunday, January 5, 2014
Sunday Guest: Bacchus
From: CS Lewis' Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia)
The quote: "There's a chap who might do anything -- absolutely anything." . . . And everybody was laughing, and everybody was shouting out, "Euan, euan, eu-oi-oi-oi."
The challenge: Deeply fond of classical mythology, the self-controlled Briton Lewis is among the very few Christian authors who included the Dionysiac in their worldview. Here, Bacchus even takes part in Aslan's pageant! A triumph of refined eroticism can be found in Lewis' masterpiece, Perelandra. Another who, actually more than him, completed Catholic tradition and mysticism with the Bacchic paradise of senses was the hot-blooded Catalan Salvador Dalí.