The dismemberment of a victim, forming a part of some ancient rituals and represented in Greek myths and tragedies: the crowd is inspired to attack him and tear his clothes in the Bacchic ritual of sparagmos
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- Mira's sparagmos almost literalizes the central message of the Orpheus myth for Rushdie.
- For such characters, the sparagmos represents the moment when history claims their work for its own.
Greek, literally 'tearing'.