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Ancient Calendar: May 28, 2010

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Do you love a good race? Do you love a good battle? Do you love it when the entire country and then some get together for a good ol’ smackdown? Well if you do then you possibly owe that to the Greeks. Today in their Ancient Calendar was known as the Pythian Games and they were held every eight years. They were said to have started about the time Apollo killed the Dragon Python. All in honor of him, the day would be filled with all sorts of competitions. In the year of 586 BCE, the games were held every four years, not eight. THINK Olympics because this is where the idea originated from. Greeks were famous for these festivals and the Pythian Games were only but one of four different days beloved by the people.

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A little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

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Ancient Calendar: May 27, 2010

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Way back in the ancient day, Rome would be hooking us up with a festival honoring their Diana of the Wild Wood. Now, interestingly enough, even though this was a festival for her, it also celebrated Prosperina (Proserpina—think Greek Persephone) and the Three Fates.

But hey, keeping with the WILD THEME, lets peak in on the Greeks in Athens who were launching their own Festival today for all Wild Women. Think debauched and orgiastic—according to some sources.

Meanwhile over in Norse territory, they are having an observance for their Goddess Frigg. It’s called Friggablót.

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A little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

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©C.H. SCARLETT

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Ancient Calendar: May 25, 2010

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It’s Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday. And if you are reading this, then that means you survived Monday. Since I am writing it, that means I survived too…although I am not so sure if that is a good thing…for you…not me. *grins*

To kick off today, it seems Ancient Greece would have had another festival for their God of the Sun– Apollo. Now this deity of light came to be known for many things, however, he ended up being most popular at being the protector of all mankind. Since Apollo represented the sun and all its light, that meant he was a slayer of darkness and all wicked things in it. We can see a change in cultures, possibly from awesome to horrible, by such legends as this. For once, in prior civilizations, there was nothing to fear during the night. Underneath the moon was as sacred as the sun. However, as time changes, so do all things. Originally, though, Apollo was simply known for bringing forth the light of Spring and sending away the darkness of Winter. Nothing fearful about that.

Moving onto Scotland, we would have seen something biblical if it were not so very Pagan to them. And if you love Legend and lore, then keep reading…

The Mester Stoor worm was a creature long feared. The worm happened to be one of the nine curses which could and would visit mankind. It was a terrifying monster which lived out in the sea and had an awful habit of demanding things from villages or Kings. Legend says that he absolutely loved to gobble up virgins.

On one particular year, a King was told that if he didn’t offer up his own daughter as a sacrifice to the worm, then his Kingdom would be lost. So, like any good daddy would do, he sent word out unto the lands….

“Any man who can destroy the worm, shall have the hand of my daughter.”

Now who wouldn’t want to be son-in-law to a King and be married to his pride and joy, hu? So away men went but never returned…until a Farmer’s son named Assipattle found himself a very small boat and creped out into the waters one night with only a spear and a bucket of burning peat. Dipping his spear into the peat, he stabbed the Monster in the throat causing it to thrash to its very death.

The body of that monster became the land of Iceland and legend says its teeth formed the Faroe Islands.

Some more links for further reading:

Mester Stoor Worm – Monstropedia – the largest encyclopedia about
Orkneyjar – Assipattle and the Mester Stoor Worm

A little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

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Ancient Calendar: May 18, 2010

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Ok, first off, a little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

Now, on to what our Ancient Ancestors were doing.

On this fabulous Tuesday, it’s all about Apollo and Pan.

First, let it be known that the shadows (hint: my choice of art) had absolutely nothing to do with Apollo who was all about the Sun. And on this day in ancient history, the Romans were having one hell of a shin-dig Festival (called Apollon) all for him. Why?

Well this happened to be the time, for the Romans, to throw some celebrations down concerning how the light of day was now increasing for the awesome New Year ahead, and how the darkness of the past winter was now becoming few and far between.  And since Apollo, as I said, was the sun, Rome had to give him notice. Less not forget, though, that he also stood for archery, agriculture, poetry, medicine, prophecy, and of course, ethics.

Now, while Rome does their thing, Greece will be doing theirs for the God Pan. Pan happens to be one who likes to wander the forests (again my choice of art) and happened to be the envy of most Greek men especially because he had his own band of Nymphs following him around. (Groupies for the Deities). A good description of Pan was half man, half goat.. Although he had a lot of lust runnin’ through those veins, and the Greeks loved how he burned it.

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The above picture is Pan sitting along the side of a Shepherd, those he was patron of. However, just because Pan watched over Shepherds and Herdsmen, didn’t mean they didn’t have to be careful.

You see, Pan was said to be a God who napped during the day. What rock star isn’t a total night owl, hu? Anyway, Greeks warned all Shepherds that they better not make any noise in the forests or meadows and wake the God up.

Also, Pan and his lust earned him rock star notoriety. In fact, not only were legends boasted of him, but the word PANIC was actually born of his name. It was said that this ‘feeling’ was what women felt if they were walking through the woods. In fact, if a woman felt Panic, then that meant she was being stalked or lusted for by Pan, himself.

*Hand to Forehead* Gotta love Pan for that.

That’s all for today peoples, but I hope you learned a little something and enjoyed today’s Ancient Calendar.

See you all tomorrow.

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