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The True Vine

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The mysterious properties of wine possess natural medicinal and disinfectant properties that make it an important part in religious ceremonies. In this respect, wine and cigars share a common place with rituals. Dionysus, the wine god, was an important element in Ancient Greece and the grape vine was always respected. The  founder of Christianity is often referred to as "The True Vine". Jesus turned water to wine during a wedding celebration and the wine also represents the blood of Christ-the source of life reflecting change from one element to another. Dionysus is also linked to the bull and depicted with bull horns. Other religious figures associated with wine, particularly red wine, is Catholic Saint Santa Barbara and in Santeria Chango. Worshipers offer red wine to petition their wishes.