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Marsyas

Marsyas

Marsyas was a Satyr, part man, part goat, a friend of Dionysus. Often a Satyr play, or satire, preceded the tragedies at the Festival of Dionysus. Anyway, Marsyas challenged Apollo to a flute playing contest. Marsyas lost and was skinned alive. His skin was nailed to a tree. Makes me think of how satirists go up against reason even down to our own time. When the satirist loses, he loses more than his hair shirt. When the satirist wins, the laugh heals us, and we don't need the barbaric rituals of human or animal sacrifice.

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