Goddess Floralia  

Posted by Stella Clark

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" FLORALIA "IS THE FESTIVAL OF "FLORA," THE GODDESS OF FLOWERS, SPRINGTIME, SEXUALITY AND OF THE PLEASURES OF YOUTH. SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL AND SERENE GODDESS, THE QUEEN OF SPRING. HER NAME MEANS "'FLOURISHING ONES'". SHE WAS MARRIED TO "ZEPHYRUS," THE WEST WIND, AND HER TEMPLE IS IN AVENTINE. THE FEASTS OF THE" FLORALIA "WERE A TIME OF GREAT MERRIMENT AND REJOICING IN ANCIENT ROMES, AND DURING THE FESTIVAL, THE ROMANS WOULD CAST OFF THEIR WHITE ROBES FOR MORE COLORFUL GARMENTS. THEY WOULD DECK THEMSELVES AND EVERYTHING AROUND THEM IN FLOWERS AND THEN ENGAGE IN ALL KINDS OF ACTIVITIES SUCH AS FEASTING, DANCING, AND GAMING. SINGING FILLED THE AIR AND DANCERS STOMPED THE GROUND TO AWAKEN NATURE AND BRING IT BACK TO LIFE.

THE FESTIVAL WAS NOTED FOR FOR LEWDNESS, THE WOMEN CELEBRATING THEM NAKED. IT WAS A CELEBRATION OF NATURE IN FULL BLOSSOM, A CARNIVAL OF SEXUAL FUN AND EXPERIMENTATION. ANCIENT ROMAN PROSITITUTES AND CORTESANS ESPECIALLY ENJOYED THIS FESTIVAL AS THEY CONSIDERED "FLORA "THEIR PATRON GODDESS. BEANS AND OTHER SEEDS WERE PLANTED, REPRESENTING FECUNDITY. OFFERINGS OF MILK AND HONEY WERE MADE TO THE GODDESS "FLORA." GOATS AND HARES MEANT TO SYMBOLIZE FERTILITY WERE LET LOOSE IN GARDENS AND FIELDS AS PROTECTORS IN FLORA'S HONOR.

"FLORA" WAS HONORED WITH OFFERINGS OF FLOWERING PLANTS IN THE HOPE THAT SHE WOULD USE HER POWERS TO WARD OFF THE POSSIBILITY OF FAMINE.

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