BTS’ V Has a Not-so-Secret Admiration for Characters in Greek Mythology

From cameras to records, BTS’ V loves all things vintage. The “Winter Bear” singer also has a massive fascination for Greek mythology, even mentioning that he would love to meet mythical beings like Zeus and Aphrodite. Here’s what we know about V and BTS’ many ties to mythology. 

V is BTS’ resident ‘good boy’ 

V of BTS arrives at the photo call for the 34th Golden Disc Awards
V of BTS arrives at the photo call for the 34th Golden Disc Awards | THE FACT/Imazins via Getty Images

Sometimes he’s a good boy. Other days, V is a bad boy. Along with Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, and Jungkook, V appears on chart-topping BTS songs like “Butter,” “Life Goes On,” and “Permission to Dance.” He’s also a solo artist and the creative director for BTS’ album Be (Deluxe Edition).

V showcases his singing and dancing skills on stage. However, this artist is also known for his eccentric personality. He hates wearing shoes. He loves posting pictures of his dog, Yeontan. According to one interview, he’s also a huge fan of Greek and Roman mythology.

BTS’ V wants to meet characters from Greek and Roman mythology

The BTS members have appeared in several iconic collaborations since their debut. The K-pop group befriended celebrities like Megan Thee Stallion, Chris Martin, and Halsey. As a result, V had a pretty unique answer about who he’d like to meet if he could go back in time.

“I’d want to see the characters in Greek and Roman mythology,” V said during an interview with GQ Magazine. “Like Zeus and Poseidon.”

“I’d love to meet the gods of that time,” he added. “Aren’t you curious? I’ve only read about them in stories when I was young, so I wonder if Zeus actually was that strong and if Aphrodite actually was that beautiful. You never know, Zeus might not have been that powerful.”

BTS released ‘Dionysus’ on ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’

When BTS released Map of the Soul: Persona (and later Map of the Soul: 7), the K-pop group titled one of the tracks “Dionysus.” This is, most likely, a reference to the Greek god of the same name. 

Dionysus, the son of Zeus, is credited as a “nature god of fruitfulness and vegetation.” However, the figure is best known for being the god of wine and ecstasy. The lyrics of BTS’ Dionysus often reference this persona. 

With references to alcohol and drinking, the “Comeback Special Stage” included the BTS members dressed in all white and RM wielding a thyrsus (or a staff of ivy and pine cone.) One ARMY analyzed BTS’ MAMA 2019 “Dionysus” performance from a classicist’s perspective. 

The ARMY mentioned each Map of the Soul: Persona track was intentionally placed in their respective order, with “Dionysus” as the album’s last song. As a god associated with irrationality and beasts, the track leads directly into the themes of Suga’s “Interlude: Shadow” from Map of the Soul: 7.

Greek Reporter also states that BTS’  “Fake Love” and “Blood, Sweat & Tears” centered around Greek mythology themes.

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