There were ecstatic rituals associated with Apollo's cults, notably the assembly of naked ephebes of the Gymnopaidiai
in Sparta (a Dorian city), where singing and dancing were a part of endurance tests in their rites of passage.
A major Spartan festival was the Gymnopaidiai
(from [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [`naked'] and [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [`play']; hence perhaps the Chorus's request to `play' with the Nightingale, even though the festival in question was for males alone.(96) That the Nightingale was naked is clear both from the Epops' injunction to [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (`reveal') herself (666), and from Peisthetaerus' remark (668) at how soft she is.