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Apollodorus, Library (ed. Sir James George Frazer), book 3 (search)
igured prominently in the processions of Dionysus.
See Clement of Alexandria, Protrept. ii.34, pp. 29ff., ed. Potter;
Nonnus, in Westermann's Mythographi Graeci, Appendix Narrationum, xxii.1, p.
368; Tzetzes, Scholiast on Lycophron 212; Arnobius, Adversus
Nationes v.28; Hyginus, Ast. ii.5. Pausanias calls the god's guide
Polymnus, unless that form of the name is the mistake of a copyist for Prosymnus, as
seems to be suggested by the epithet Prosymna, which was applied to Demeter in the sacred grove at Lerna, where Dionysus also had an image. See Paus. 2.37.1. However, Hyginus gives Hypolipnus as the name of
the guide to hell. Every year the descent of the god through the deep water was
celebrated with nocturnal rites on the reedy margin of the pool （Paus. 2.37.6）. The pious Pausanias shrank from
divulging the nature of the rites; but from Plutarch we learn that a lamb was thrown
into the lake as an offer