Lucius is—still—an ass.
He had been messin’ where he shouldna been messin’, and he had been turned, quite literally (or perhaps literarily), into a donkey.
The ancient writer Apuleius’ story about Lucius, called The Golden Ass, culminates in Lucius’ initiation into the Mysteries of Isis. It is She Who saves him from his asinine state. But before that, we find Lucius addressing desperate prayers to the Goddess in the moon. He is answered by an epiphany of Isis, Who gives an aretalogy describing Her powers and names. In part of it, She says,
But the Ethiopians who are illuminated by the first rays of the Sun God as He is born every day, together with the Africans and the Egyptians who excel through having the original doctrine, honor Me with My distinctive rites and give…
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