Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lupercalia - The less than lovey dovey side of the St Valentines Feast


Feast Days are Ancient calendar days that held great significance in the past.  One such one is the Feast of St Valentine. 

In today's society it is nothing more than an opportunity to sell more rubbish to people at a very high price and justify it all by love and lovers.

The truth of this time is a little different.  Before the Roman religion became Christianized and possibly even pre Roman times it was the Pagan Festival of Lupercalia on this day.  This festival is carried out from the 13th to the 15th of February.  The priests that oversaw this feast were known as the Luperci (priests).

The observances for this day were Goat and Dog slaughtering and the Luperci took part in hitting women in order to increase their fertility.

Images @ Eminpee Fotography

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