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Thursday, December 16, 2004 CE

Io Saturnalia!

The week before the winter solstice was known as Saturnalia in Ancient Rome. A week of complete relaxation, parties, food, pleasure, happiness. The winter solstice was the 25th of December according to the Julian Calendar, the day with the least sunlight in the whole year. The day prior to the solstice, toys were given to the kids in what it was called the Sigillaria. So, the solstice marked the moment of the rebirth of the Sun, Apollo and Mithras in the ancient era, Jesus Christ after the pagan worships were fused with the Christian ones in order to "convert" millions of non-believers.

So... Io Saturnalia!! and have fun.


Blogger Puma said...

I want a new computer for Sigillaria :)

9:01 AM  
Blogger Francesca said...

There's no coincidence either that Hannukah, the "festival of LIGHTS" takes place at this time of year.

It's all about the sun, baby.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Doctor Marco said...

Sarah, Sigillaria is for kids. However, since we all have a kid inside us, we all deserve a gift.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Doctor Marco said...

Francesca, nice to have you commenting my post. You seem someone from whom I can learn a lot from disciplines I was not formally trained at. It is right, the Sun is our god. The Incas, the Mayas, the Aztecs, revered the Sun and the Moon. Spanish evangelical preachers used synchretism in a very successful way when they arrived to the continent. The Inti Raymi (Inti is the quechua word for Sun)is still celebrated the 24th of June, which close to the the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Francesca said...

Ack. Don't flatter me. I'm one of those people who knows a lot about one or two things and only a little about a lot of other things.

6:55 PM  

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