LUPERCALIA is CARNIVAL
Mardi Gras
(First Part)
Related Topics
CARN          as in          Carnal  
          VALe   Leave Levitate
MAR     Mars Martial
         DI   Divine Diva
         DIEM   Day Deity
                   GRAS   Greasy Unctuous
LUPERCALIA     Roman feast
LUPUS     Wolf  
LUPA     Prostitute  
BACCHANALIA     Greek feast
 
Dancing releases spirits.
Many Bacchanalia during Carnival arise from
combining releases from reason, facilitated by
alcoholic inhibition of inhibitions.

Saint Valentine is a companion overiew. Please note the link on the top of the left column, which also includes links to other overviews and "word-ideas" exposing ancient notions of "spring" and "love celebrations", Syncretically, these are feasts of the "rebirth of life", in buds and blooms mixed with bird songs. The primary ancient celebrations were known as "Dionysia" or "Lupercalia". Christianity shaped this into Saint Valentines Day and added Ash Wednesday. Nonetheless, pagan roots of the festivities survive in our current Carnivorous Carnal Carnival which ends in Mardi Gras and is followed by Lent.

Modern Carnival, or Mardi Gras, is a melange, mezcla, or mix of world-old legends that endure because they can INFlame and INFect the imagination. In this sense, Carnival is of interest because it provides an anesthetic from reason; perhaps, this is the reason why Sigmund Freud was so much interested in mythology. It is a fact that Carnival offers an escape or liCENSE for  liCENSous "fooling around" during the rule of Momous or Momo, who was a foolish King. In any case, for the ancients, Dionysia was in honor of Dionysus, who stood for "the nature of natural man". (continued)

As an infant, Bacchus already was captivating. (Bellini)
Captivating Bacchus. (Velazquez)

... continued under Carnival (see upper left links)

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