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MYSTIS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Μυστις Mystis Mystis Mystery Intiate
(mystis)

MYSTIS was a Bakkhe nymph of the island of Euboia (Euboea) in central Greece and a nurse of the god Dionysos. Mystis personified initiation into the mysteries of the god--mystis being the Greek word for "an initiate of the mysteries." She was the mother of Korymbos "ivy berries," with which the initiates were bedecked.

She was probably the same as the nymph Makris who is the Euboian nurse of Dionysos in other accounts, and Kombe, the mother of the Euboian Korybantes.

PARENTS
Nowhere stated, see also Makris
OFFSPRING
KORYMBOS (Nonnus Dionysiaca 13.135)

Nonnus, Dionysiaca 13. 135 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) :
"Shield-bearing Korybantes (Corybantes) [of Euboia], guardians of Dionysos in his growing days: who in the Phrygian gulf beside mountain-ranging Rheia surrounded Bakkhos still a child with their drumskins. They found him once, a horned baby, covered with a cloak the colour of purple wine, lying among the rocks where Ino had left him in charge of Mystis the mother Korymbos (Corymbus)."


Sources:

  • Nonnos, Dionysiaca - Greek Epic C5th A.D.