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Plans for Lupercalia?
« on: Feb 08 06 12:03 »
So, with Lupercalia less than a week away, I do hope everyone has made plans to celebrate with their significant other/s.

So what's up? What exactly will you be doing to try to get laid on Lupercalia?

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Re: Plans for Lupercalia?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 08 06 12:07 »
What is it??[/DIV]Yes, I could wiki/google it but I think I'll like your explanation better.
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Re: Plans for Lupercalia?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 08 06 12:09 »
It's what Valentines day was before The Catholic Church and Hallmark dumbed it down and girlied it up.

I'll see if I can find a link, I'm too lazy to type today.

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Re: Plans for Lupercalia?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 08 06 12:17 »
From Wikipedia.com

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The Lupercalia was an annual [A title="Ancient Rome" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Rome"]Roman[/A] festival held on [A title="February 15" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_15"]February 15[/A] to honour [A title=Faunus href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faunus"]Faunus[/A], god of fertility and forests. [A title="Justin Martyr" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Martyr"]Justin Martyr[/A] identified Faunus as Lupercus, 'the one who wards off the [A title=Wolf href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf"]wolf[/A]', but his identification is not supported by any earlier classical sources. The festival was celebrated near the cave of [A title=Lupercal href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercal"]Lupercal[/A] on the [A title="Palatine Hill" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palatine_Hill"]Palatine[/A] (one of the seven [A title="Roman hills" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_hills"]Roman hills[/A]), to expiate and purify new life in the [A title="Spring (season)" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_%28season%29"]Spring[/A]. This festival's origins are older than the [A title="Founding of Rome" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founding_of_Rome"]founding of Rome[/A].

The religious ceremonies were directed by the Luperci, the "brothers of the wolf", priests of Faunus, dressed only in a goatskin. During Lupercalia, a dog and two male goats were [A title=Sacrifice href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacrifice"]sacrificed[/A]. Two [A title=Patrician href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrician"]patrician[/A] youths were anointed with the blood, which was wiped off with [A title=Wool href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wool"]wool[/A] soaked in [A title=Milk href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk"]milk[/A], after which they were expected to smile and laugh. The Luperci afterwards dressed themselves in the skins of the sacrificed goats, in imitation of Lupercus, and ran round the Palatine Hill with thongs cut from the skins in their hands. These were called Februa. Girls would line up on their route to receive lashes from these whips. This was supposed to ensure fertility. The name of the month of [A title=February href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February"]February[/A] is derived from the Latin februare, "to purify" (meant as one of the effects of fever, which has the same linguistic root).

Quite frankly it's a much better holiday than chocolates and cheap cardboard greeting cards... IMHO


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Re: Plans for Lupercalia?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 08 06 12:19 »
if neo-cons ever discovered the meanings of the months of the year they would probly petition to change them.
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Re: Plans for Lupercalia?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 08 06 01:08 »
Wow! That's the sexiest holiday EVAR!!

Oh, and the wikipedia article has an image of pan copulating with a goat if anybody's interested. Hmmm, good stuff, Witch! And I agree, Valentine's day is just one more marketing ploy. I boycott most holidays, especially those created and/or pushed by Christians or corporate America. Lupercalia, though...I might just have to pay homage to.
For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of Juan Valdez
Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of coffee forever.

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Re: Plans for Lupercalia?
« Reply #6 on: Feb 08 06 02:15 »
Wow! That's the sexiest holiday EVAR!!

 

You might want to hold that thought. Ostara and Beltaine are still to come.

 

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Re: Plans for Lupercalia?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 08 06 07:46 »
I can't think of much that's sexier than flogging beautiful young Roman maidens in the forest. [/DIV]Man, they got to have all the fun didn't they?
...religion has made some contributions to civilization. It helped in the early days to fix the calendar, and it caused Egyptian priests to chronicle ecplipses with such care that in time they were able to predict them. These two services I am prepared to acknowledge, but I do not know of any others

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« Reply #8 on: Feb 08 06 07:48 »
"I can't think of much that's sexier than flogging beautiful young Roman maidens in the forest." ROFL. Thanks. I didn't want to be the one to say it...    
For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of Juan Valdez
Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of coffee forever.

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« Reply #9 on: Feb 08 06 07:57 »
I chickened out twice on posting that before I did. But it did need to be said didn't it?
...religion has made some contributions to civilization. It helped in the early days to fix the calendar, and it caused Egyptian priests to chronicle ecplipses with such care that in time they were able to predict them. These two services I am prepared to acknowledge, but I do not know of any others

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« Reply #10 on: Feb 08 06 08:00 »
You are a braver man than I.[/DIV]
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
-George Orwell
For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of Juan Valdez
Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of coffee forever.

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Re: Plans for Lupercalia?
« Reply #11 on: Feb 09 06 08:46 »
I have two teenage daughters. When they need a whippin', I tell them it's to promote fertility. When they bring home boyfriends, I take the lads out back and give them a taste of the lash too..... that's to prevent fertility.

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Re: Plans for Lupercalia?
« Reply #12 on: Feb 09 06 11:38 »
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I have two teenage daughters. When they need a whippin', I tell them it's to promote fertility. When they bring home boyfriends, I take the lads out back and give them a taste of the lash too..... that's to prevent fertility.[/DIV]
 What a wonderful way to maintain balance!
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Re: Plans for Lupercalia?
« Reply #13 on: Feb 09 06 01:34 »
A whipping with wool soaked in milk ?   Sounds kind of  earthy.......wholesome even. [img style="CURSOR: pointer" onclick=url(this.src); src="http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/smilie/konfus/a100.gif" border=0]
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Re: Plans for Lupercalia?
« Reply #14 on: Feb 09 06 02:41 »
"Quite frankly it's a much better holiday than chocolates and cheap cardboard greeting cards... IMHO"

I do believe I agree with you Witch, in spite of the fact that I'm sitting here at my desk making cheap cardboard valentines[img style="CURSOR: pointer" onclick=url(this.src); src="http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/smilie/liebe/a038.gif" border=0]    

Sir Isaac Newton invented the swinging door....for the convenience of his cat.

 

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