Mystery Intiate (mystis)
MYSTIS was the goddess-nymph of the initiation rites of the Bakkhic (Bacchic) orgies. She was a nymph of the island of Euboia (Euboea) who was entrusted with the care of the infant god Dionysos.
Mystis' name was simply the ancient Greek word for an inititiate of the mysteries--mystis. Her son Korymbos (Corymbus), "Ivy-Berries," personified the ivy-wreath with which the initiates were crowned.
Mystis was probably the same as Makris (Macris), the Euboian nurse of Dionysos in other accounts, and Kombe (Combe), the mother of the Euboian Korybantes.
Nowhere stated but see Makris
KORYMBOS (Nonnus Dionysiaca 13.135)
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
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 (Bacchus) 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)."
- Nonnus, Dionysiaca - Greek Epic C5th A.D.
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