Sunday, 15 February 2009
Way before Valentine's Day and overt expressions of love there was the Lupercalia. Although time has blurred to who this festivity was honoured, it has always been tied to the rustic god Faunus, protector of agriculture and flocks and giver of fertility. He has associations with the great Greek god Pan. Today also honoured the she-wolf Lupa who suckled Romulus and Remus the founders of Rome. In short people would don goat skins and celebrate with the usual sacrifice and appearance of vestal virgins. Main celebrations would take place at the Lupercal a cave where Lupa suckled the two.
Legend also has it that today is a day when animals would would help humans.
In the Odinist calender today is in honor of the hero Sigfrid.