Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentines day or Happy Lupercalia!

I think that the early church has a lot to answer for. Crusades, witch burning, inqusitions and this: From this site

To the Romans, February was also sacred to Juno Februata, the goddess of febris ("fever") of love, and of women and marriage. On February 14, billets (small pieces of paper, each of which had the name of a teenage girl written on it) were put into a container. Teenage boys would then choose one billet at random. The boy and the girl whose name was drawn would become a "couple," joining in erotic games at feasts and parties celebrated throughout Rome. After the festival, they would remain sexual partners for the rest of the year. This custom was observed in the Roman Empire for centuries.

State sanctioned sex partners. No wonder Rome lasted for so long.

3 comments:

Eifriger said...

I just finished reading an super Roman based book you will enjoy Rob "The Far Arena" by Sapir... amazing, very well written & visual :-D I'll bring it on by whenever we join forces once more. Thanks for the Valentine's tidbit of info--cool!

Rob A. said...

Cool.
I think we are hooking up Friday no? If not no worries. Hold on to the book for now, I have two big ones on the go right now.

Doc Savageland said...

Where do you find this stuff! State sanctioned public sex acts? I don't remember reading that in any history books.