No not Christ as the Christians would have us believe nor the PAP as SPH and MediaCorp are trying to spin.
Like Jesus … Bacchus … had a famous childhood …. When he became a young man god, he went around like Jesus with a following of disciples – in this case, hairy-legged satyrs, wine-crazed maenads and his ridiculous yet wise mentor, the fat satyr Silenus – who has a lot in common with Father Christmas.
In art, Bacchus and his followers are the heroes of misrule, abandon and ecstasy.
Err doesn’t all this sound like partying at this time of the year?