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Keep Lupa in Lupercalia!

Happy Lupercalia!


Lupercalia is the ancient Roman festival that preceded Valentine's Day. It began in honor of the she-wolf (Lupa) who suckled Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome, and it was celebrated by naked men running through the streets spanking women with goat hides. These spanks were thought to bless women with fertility and easy childbirth.


Valentine's Day was not invented by Hallmark. It was simply co-opted by Christianity and capitalized by card companies. If you still hate this holiday, see what The Oatmeal has to say about it.

The Magic Nutshell will be on break for the entire month of February in celebration of these ancient rites. Fresh new posts will emerge in the spring. Happy rumpus!

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  1. Love this. Thanks for the reminder of the pagan roots of the Hallmark holiday!

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  2. it was celebrated by naked men running through the streets spanking women with goat hides.Why just naked men? Why not everyone running round spanking people with goat hides. Still, beats an over priced card

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  3. Hope you're enjoying your time off. I enjoyed learning about Lupa :)

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