Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentines Day!



"...The Catholic Church's attempt to paper-over a popular pagan fertility rite with the clubbing death and decapitation of one of its own martyrs is the origin of this lovers' holiday.

As early as the fourth century B.C., the Romans engaged in an annual young man's rite of passage to the god Lupercus. The names of teenage women were placed in a box and drawn at random by adolescent men; thus, a man was assigned a woman companion, for their mutual entertainment and pleasure (often sexual), for the duration of a year, after which another lottery was staged. Determined to put an end to this eight-hundred-year-old practice, the early church fathers sought a "lovers" saint to replace the deity Lupercus. They found a likely candidate in Valentine, a bishop who had been martyred some two hundred years earlier."

2 Comments:

Blogger Linny said...

I wonder if that lottery also used the slogan "You've got to be in it to win it"?

11:48 AM  
Blogger Trouble said...

Heh, heh! That's the spirit, Linny!

2:55 PM  

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