“Of all the cats devoted to Dionysus, [the panther] was not only the most graceful and fascinating but also the most savage and bloodthirsty. The lightning-fast agility and perfect elegance of its movements, whose purpose is murder, exhibit the same union of beauty and fatal danger found in the mad women who accompany Dionysus. Their savagery, too, fascinates those who watch them, and yet it is the eruption of the dreadful impulse to pounce on the prey, tear it to pieces and devour its flesh raw.”
— Walter F. Otto, Dionysus: Myth and Cult

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