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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holiday: November 26th : A Silver Lining Born from Death and Curses

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!

On this day in History, guess what happened? Tut Ankh Amon was discovered!!!

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This huge discovery happened in the year of 1922. The reason this was such a big thing is one…the findings were astronomical and, well, the curse.

Without the doom and gloom of a nasty curse, let me just say, good comes from something bad. Why do I say this?

 Some would say that before this discovery, not many people were all that concerned or interested in Ancient Egypt. You didn’t have tons of people knowing the in’s and out’s of Isis nor did anyone  really care about the Book of the Dead , or the customs of an Ancient Culture long dead.

In fact, what was done to Mummies before and even after this time and the sacred various tombs of this civilization would bring a tear to your eye.

Did you know that during the 20’s and 30’s  thousands and thousands of mummies were used to feed the fires of trains as fuel?

This little tidbit is highly debatable as many Documentaries have made this claim but many others, especially on the net, argue it.  However, the Documentary I seen showed the trains and the thousands of Mummies piled on it. But you should go find footage and see for yourself.

I also found this…

  • Ground up mummies were used as fertilizer, and chopped wooden mummy cases served as firewood.
  • In the late 1800’s, paper manufacturers used mummy wrappings for wrapping paper.
  • Mummies have been used instead of thatch to repair roofs on houses, and used as a cheap source of fuel in trains.
  • In some areas, people would pay great amounts of money to see a mummy being unwrapped. SOURCE

So, while respect for the Dead and the history of Egypt wasn’t a popular trend at one point, the discovery of King Tut’s tomb might have helped change things and if it were not for the wealth of that discovery or the “curse”, , perhaps people would have continued to be ignorant of a civilization long lost. While the riches unveiled in this discovery caught the attention of media and viewers worldwide, it also helped other explorers to find the funding needed for future expeditions.

In all actuality, Tut’s tomb was rather small compared to the rest. This is probably because he died so soon in life. Usually a tomb took the lifetime of a Pharaoh to build, and since Tut was a boy, well the time was just not on his side.

But Tut’s tomb, small or not, stood out because it was the first ever tomb discovered that was completely in tact. Usually Tombs are poached and picked apart by grave robbers, even horrendously destroyed, but not Tut…and perhaps the Curse might tell us why.

 With the discovery Howard Carter made in 1922, came the first horror of interest story, which happened to be instigated by newspapers and reporters from all over the world. Suddenly, the ‘Curse’ was born and this very so-called nightmare would encourage Fiction for years and years to come. Here is one such movie made not long ago….

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And of course, what was written on the entrance of the tomb (as said during that time) helped to kick the whole thing off:

“Death’s wings will touch who ever touches the pharaoh.”

Note: I have never been to Egypt so can’t support an ongoing argument by two sides. One side claiming the inscription is there and others who claim that it isn’t.

So, is there any truth to the Curse?

On the day and within the hour that King Tut was discovered, the Earl of Caernarvon, who funded the Expedition, actually died.

Scientifically, people will later argue that the curse is a lie and that all  the deaths were a coincidence, while others, even to this day, swear it is true.

All I can tell you is, 18 living people became 18 dead ones AFTER the tomb was found. All persons, with the exception of Earl Caernarvon, died in one form or another AFTER entering the tomb. Even Carter, who led this adventure, died a year after.

Caernarvon died after traveling to Egypt, where he was bitten by a mosquito.  Lying in the hospital, Carter finally made the  big discovery that the Earl had  longed for, and within that hour Caernarvon closed his eyes for the very last time on this earth.

Two more incidents happened in Egypt when the tomb was discovered. All the lights in Cairo went out quite suddenly and Caernarvon’s dog began to howl madly—no one could stop him.  In fact, the dog kept wailing until it too met its end.

Coincidence? You decide.

Truth or not, the tally was adding up and the Egyptian workers were already spooked from the get go. The dog and lights didn’t help but as they pushed on, even more occurrences fueled their fear. For instance, the canary that Carter placed in the tomb was eaten by a cobra.

Remember, the Cobra is a royal symbol of the Pharaohs. In fact, it is the symbol located at their heads on their kingly crowns. It is in their paintings, on statues, and inspires their funeral masks.

Was there a more realistic cause to all these Deaths?

Medically and scientifically, there is a possible reason for all of it, aside from the dog and canary, that is. The dog could be explained as the bonds and link between man and best friend. The Canary could have been some freak accident.

However, as far as all the rest, it’s believed that there was a fungus or bacteria on the Mummies themselves, in the tomb, and when this sealed sanctuary of 3000 years was popped open,  those that  hopped on in, breathed in and became sick with it.

Another interesting fact, no bats were ever found living in the tomb even after it was opened—dead or alive. Could this be even more evidence that something was wrong with it, bacteria wise? Because we all know animals have a special two cents concerning these things. And then again, maybe they were just smart and knew to muck with the place—fearing the wrath of the dead? Hmmm

 Some say whether that’s a Scientific Fact, Theory, or not, it was still the defense of the spirits protecting that tomb and that the discoverers of that day and time should have respected and listened.

The tomb, the king, should not have been touched.

Regardless, Carter and many of his members died from lung and Respiratory problems after their famous discovery. This seemed to be enough to prove that there WAS something wrong with King Tut’s tomb whether Science could explain it or the fact that the warnings of the Dead were nothing to muck around with.

And the moral of the story, or the silver lining as mentioned above, if it had not been for this Discovery or the publicity and internet and lore surrounding it, who knows if there would have been an interest for all thing Ancient Egypt or if anything, respect for it’s customs and dead. We went from a world of ignorance concerning Ancient Egypts’ myths, customs and lore to one that values every find, every archeological discovery, every little piece discovered beneath her golden sands.

I for one think that, that’s a beautiful thing even if it had to come from so much death and mayhem.

Thank you, King Tut. Thank you.

 

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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays : November 19th: The Goddess of the Harvest

 

 Rome’s Observance for Ops

 

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Ops is a Goddess of Rome and today is an informal Observance in honor of her. Rites and rituals are done  on this day having some special rules to them. Those doing the rituals would have to remain seated so that their feet touched her earth.

 Ops happened to be the wife of Saturn, the God of Sowing. So while her God Sows, she is the Goddess of Harvest.

Not only is Ops the Goddess of Harvest but she is also the Goddess of an ‘Abundant’ Harvest.

 

 

 

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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 23rd: Party in Rome

Ancient Rome would have been partaking in another of their famous festivals called, Neptunalia, which honored the God of the sea, Neptune. They made sure to include his wife in the mix, Goddess of the Salt and Ocean, Salacia.

 

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 9: The Greater Panathenæa and Rome’s Fire

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The Greater Panathenæa was a festival that the Greeks held to honor their Goddess Anthena. Anthena was the patron of war, enlightenment, art and more. War was of great importance during ancient times but Greek’s also prided themselves as being enlightened as well as having a deep appreciation for the arts. The Greater Panathenæa was a big deal to the Greeks because they would have these huge festivities like the one they would have had today but also, including, but not limited too–races, (single and grouped), games feasts, wrestling, contests, dancing, and more.

Romans were having yet another huge day on their side of the world as well, all in honor of their Goddess Vesta who happened to be the Goddess of fire, hearth and home.

Remember me telling you sometime back about the Vestal Virgins? No? Read all about them here: Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 7: Destroying the Vestal Virgin and Giving Birth to the Catholic Pope and Nun

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 7: A Slave Saves Rome & a Farewell to Duir

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Once Upon a Time, very, very long ago, Rome was defeated by Gauls. Just like all wars coming to an end, those who win have demands. Gaul demanded that all the women of Rome be given over to them. All Noble Women, that is. You can just imagine what Gaul would have done with them.

Having no other choice, Rome was about to hand their women over, until a Roman slave named, Tutula, also known as, Philotis, offered a better and most clever solution. Instead of sending the noble ladies of Rome off into the mercy of Rome’s enemies, why not send slave girls? Tutula, with all her wisdom, suggested that Rome dress up the slave girls to look like Noble women. This would give Rome time to forge further plots and plans against Gaul….

Once inside the camp of Rome’s enemy, the slave women worked their charms by making the soldiers very happy and very, very drunk. The Gaul men passed out and as they did, Tutula gave the signal to the Roman soldiers hiding ever-so-patiently within the surrounding darkness.

Because of the wisdom and skills of a slave named, Tutula, Rome was able to flip the tables on a war thought to have been lost.

Because of that night and what Tutula did, today would have been known as Nonæ Caprotinæ–the second of two festivals. While Rome would celebrate the very event Tutula helped shape, Noble Women and Slaves were free to eat, make merry and celebrate together.

Tonight’s festival would also honor the Goddess Juno. Romans would also have another festival on this day that was also important to the Harvests, called Consulia, honoring the god of the earth, Consus.

Interestingly enough, Consus’s alter, which stood at the, Circus Maximus, was kept covered with earth all year long except for three days. After uncovering it today, they would have had chariot races, a Roman festival of Handmaids, or otherwise known as, the maid’s day out, and many other celebrations to make the people of Rome very happy and to honor a God, which Rome depended on for food, etc.

Also in Roman calendar, today would have been the Nones of July.

On another Ancient note, the Celtic tree month of Duir ends today. To read more about this month, check out: Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 14th: Physical & Symbolic Doors to New Things and Other Dimensions, New Runic Half-Month, A Son of Odin and an Epic Song of Muses

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 6th: A Tale of Two Religions

 

 

Rome offers up a very historical remembrance for the Emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus. He was born in the year of 331 and died in 363 BCE.

Now interesting thing about Flavius….

We all know how Constantine basically sold the soul of Rome when converting the empire over to Christianity, yes? Before then, Rome had a Freedom of Religion type deal. Their modo—everyone believe in their own Gods and Goddesses, and well, just get along. And we all know what Freedom of Religion is….we supposedly have it now. Only now a days, most people scream they want it, but are only tolerant if YOU freely believe in THEIR religion lol. Somewhere in history, I think we lost the point.

Anyway, before Constantine died,  Roman General Flavius raised his legions and refused to obey Constantine’s dictates, nor convert to anything that wasn’t Pagan. Flavius’ stand was so backed by the people, that he was made the new Emperor, and Rome would have been faced with an ugly Civil War IF Constantine had not died.

His rejection of Christianity in favour of Neoplatonic paganism caused him to be called Julian the Apostate–Source Wikipedia

Flavius’ rule may have been brief but it was certainly an interesting one. Although rumors could be just gossip, they filled his short reign with colorful tongues.

Some sources claim that he believed himself to be the reincarnation of Alexander the Great, while other sources claim that he sprinkled blood on all the food so that Christians would not eat it—hoping to starve them all to death.

One fact remains, though….and that’s proved by the way he died. He certainly had no fear. When he passed, it was during a battle with Persia, and history claims that the man was so confident and convinced of his own victory, that he refused to wear any armor.

SO on this day in Roman history, and now today thanks to the Ancient Calendar, we remember Flavius Claudius Julianus of Rome.  Thank you Flavius, for attempting to bring back what we lost…and are still struggling to hold onto.

 

 

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 5th: Earth’s Orbit, Rome Throws Down, & Some Egyptian Ma’at

In many Ancient Calendars, today was actually Old Midsummer’s Day. Ancient or not, the earth, interestingly enough will be the farthest ever on its entire orbit from the sun. Pretty cool, hu?

Now just to make it all the sweeter, Rome would be having two festivals today. It was called Poplifugium, and it was all about history for them. Way back when, Rome was defeated by the Gaul, and unfortunately because of it, were ordered to hand over a big portion of their women. (Sucks to be a woman, sheesh.) Unfortunately, it didn’t suck as much for the ladies of Rome as it did for their slaves. Some Roman gal named Tutula threw the idea of slaves dressing up as the Noble women of Rome and guess how long it took for those ladies of upper-class to throw their poor slave girls out there?

While the Slave women of Rome had to endure their share of hardships, in this one particular case, they had to endure some more.

Ordered to go into the enemy camps of Gaul and get the soldiers drunk, they did. Then after Tutula climbed a tree with a torch giving Roman Soldiers the signal,  Romans marched in and threw down on Gaul. Now, I wonder if those slave women were set free afterwards, or if they were sent back to serving their Ladies and Masters AFTER saving their royal butts?  Doubt it.  While I dig Ancient Cultures, some of their habits just, well, turns my stomach.

Any who…today is also sacred to Ma’at of Egypt, who will join Thoth and Ra on this day and ride across the skies in the sun boat!