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I thought the story of the martyred St. Valintine was particularly interesting in and of itself. It explains the arrow through the heart anyway. ;D
This idea of the Lupercalia Festival’s lottery for sex partners is questionable at best. Historians agree that the festival was ended around the 5th century CE but no reliable sources are talking about this lottery. The only sites I could find that even mention it are sites that take witch craft and new age occultism seriously.
“Legends vary on how the martyr’s name became connected with romance. The date of his death may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. On these occasions, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day.” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/st-valentine-beheaded
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Plutarch/Lives/Caesar*.html#61 and http://poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Latin/OvidFastiBkTwo.htm#_Toc69367692 sources from the romans describing goat and dog sacrifices, and running around naked with bits of their skin. Being touched by that skin would give fertilitly, presumably. No making couples by drawing names from an urn. Wikipedia (ok, no scientific source) describes the urn with names as a middle ages practice, unrelated to Lupercalia.
This post was disappointing at best. It comes across as though the writer is embittered toward the Catholic religion as a whole (I am not Catholic btw) as well as capitalism. I simply wanted to learn anout St. Valentine and his story for the holiday — no help here…
@Mosty: Not embittered at all, just saying it how it happened. If you look at most of the major Western holidays, such as Halloween and Christmas, even Groundhog Day, they originate similarly with the Catholic church trying to replace existing pagan traditions. Not complaining about it, it’s just how they happened.
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