Fires were also wrapped around the beautiful Semele, burning her body to death, because any mortal who would sight a deity in all his glory was cursed to die.
By that time, Dionysus was still in Semele's womb. However, Zeus managed to rescue the infant by binding him in his thigh. Then he handed Dionysus to his messenger Hermes, who brought the baby to Semele's sister Ino and her husband Athamantas. This was the couple Zeus had chosen to raise his newborn child.