In the West, wine is associated with Dionysius (Bacchus). At Petra, Dusares, called God of the Vine, was born on 25 December. In Sumer the main goddess of Wine was a woman, Geshtinanna. In Persia the earliest documented wine goes back to 10,000 B.C. In India, the goddess of Wine, Madira is said to have been present at the creation. In many cultures there was a tradition of sacrificing bread (grain and beer) at the spring harvest and sacrificing wine at the autumn harvest. Blood of the Grape Blood of the Earth

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