Hoping you've all had a great couple of weeks. It's been great seeing the spring come into bloom around here.
Today we celebrated the Bouphonia, a festival that goes back so far that the Athenians apparently were known to wonder just why they were celebrating it. Our modern understanding is a celebration of Zeus as the Protector of Justice and of Law.
As you can see, rather that slaughtering an ox and then stuffing it to pretend it was alive again, we be-ribboned one that had never been alive in the first place.
There is also some evidence that this was also a time for recognizing the city's honored dead. Given that we are celebrating Memorial Day in the United States, it made sense to include this aspect with offerings to our heroes and ancestors.
|July 6-7||Anadikia/Athenian New Year|
|July 21||Therapeia/Healing Festival|
|August 10||RI Pagan Pride|
|August 18||Founders' Festival|
Until next time, have a great couple of weeks!