Thursday, July 07, 2011

July 7: Nonae Caprotinae

Nonae Caprotinae (the Caprotine Nones, or Caprotinia), Latium, Roman Empire (Jul 7- 8)
This was the Fig Festival, and Festival of Handmaids – the maids' day off. Wild fig trees (caprificus) were venerated today, with feasting beneath them in honour of Caprotina, an aspect of Juno (warrior goddess), to whom they made offerings. Maids had a sham fight with stones and abused each other. The festival might have earlier been a fertility rite. The next day a thanksgiving, celebrated by the pontifices, or priests


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