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In Greek mythology, Telete (; Ancient Greek: means 'consecration') was the daughter of Dionysus and Nicaea, naiad daughter of the river-god Sangarius and Cybele.


Concerning Telete's birth, it is related that Nicaea was ashamed of having been made pregnant by Dionysus, and even attempted to hang herself; nevertheless, in due time a daughter was born to her. The Horae were said to have served as midwives at Telete's birth.[1] Telete was destined by Dionysus to become a follower of himself and his son Iacchus, her half-brother.[2]

Pausanias mentions a statue of Telete in the sanctuary of the Heliconian Muses in Boeotia. Her image was next to that of Orpheus.[3]

Telete was associated with nighttime festivities and ritual dances in honor of Dionysus,[4] and has been interpreted as a goddess of initiation into the Bacchic rites.[5]


  1. ^ Nonnus, Dionysiaca 16.392-400
  2. ^ Nonnus, Dionysiaca 48.884-885
  3. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 9.30.4
  4. ^ Nonnus, Dionysiaca 16.400-402
  5. ^ "TELETE - Greek Goddess of Initiation Rites of the Bacchic Orgies". Retrieved .


  • Vollmer, Wilhelm. (1874). Wörterbuch der Mythologie. Stuttgart, p. 426.

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