Wine, font of life.
The vine, “source of life”. Well-known because of its abundance, the ancient civilizations from Orient considered this crop essential for both the nutrition and the survival of the people. They knew that wine could, apart from providing drunkenness, feed you. And from Syria, Sumer or Egypt it passed to Israel, mainly as a symbol of immortality. The Greeks thought that wine was Dionysius’s blood, bearer of the mystical delirium and a live-giving fountain. And from Greece it spread to Rome, famous for its worship of Bacchus. This did not deal with “botellones” and orgies only, but also with how both vine and harvest were used in funerary iconography, what reinforces the idea explained above.