The Whippings of Love


It is so interesting to look at the origins of our Holidays! Many historians believe that Valentine’s Day, long before the Christian Era, came from the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave.  The priests performed numerous rituals, one of which resulted in procuring a goat hide. They would cut the goat’s hide into strips, and take to the streets, slapping both women and crop fields with the strips of goat hide.

Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

There’s something to be said for ancient rituals and an authentic celebration, don’t you think? . I wonder of we can manage to find a strip of leather for tonight’s festivities?  ;)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

22 thoughts on “The Whippings of Love

  1. A tradition of whipping on the ides of February. Hmmm. Now that is a holiday my Dragon my be more willing the celebrate. Thanks for the history lesson.

  2. So funny! Leather *is* my favorite, but I certainly don’t want to become more fertile!
    Do you? lol
    My little cherubs are all of “that kind” of love that I need right now! Seriously!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Yep Sunny Girl, I figured the leather would be on many wish lists!

    D’s Rose, you think D will be on board with a new tradition?

    Yeah Elysia, I was kinda skipping over that fertile part for myself!

    Thanks Grace!

    I hope you and P have a fun evening Ronnie!

  4. Happy Valentines Day, Sara and Grant! There won’t be any leather whipping for me, but there WAS a delivery of a huge bouquet, and a vase and chocolates… bless him! xxxxxx

  5. Ha! I don’t know about a strip of leather, however, I AM hoping for a very good girl hand spanking with lots of rubbing and wandering of hands (sorry, TMI). A happy pagan ritual evening to you and Grant. ;-)

  6. Very interesting!! I’m not wanting a leather strap, I’ll take his hand… and I definitely don’t want any more babies but I’d love to die trying! *giggling*

    Happy Valentines Day!!

  7. Very nice Daisy!

    Leni, I hope you get everything you wish for! ;)

    Yep, leather isn’t scarce around here either Sarah…but not sure about goat?

    Serenity, I find the ancient rituals facinating!

    Yeah, I’m well past the baby part too Mikki!

    Happy V Day Jean!

  8. What a novel way to celebrate the day after Valentine’s Day. I wonder if any of Ron’s belts are made from goathide. We just might have to improvise!


  9. Sounds like a pragmatic way of going about things to me.Never mind the thought of more babies…could you begin to IMAGINE going through the whole dating game again?! My daily beauty routine is 7 mins.

    (That’s 7 mins max)


  10. Ohhhh im so glad you posted this post. My hubby doesnt believe in valentines day – in his eyes its not one of the celebrated rituals like christmas, easter etc. I am so going to print this off for him – ha!!! He might like the idea of whippings on valentines day ;)
    Happy valentines day to you and Grant
    love and hugs kiwi xxx

  11. I don’t think we have any goat hide either Hermione, but we can pretend.

    Oops, Grant, you’ve got it covered? ;)

    Well Happy V day to you anyway Sarah! :)

    Susie, I’m not exactly sure about the goat thing.

    Kiwi, the man apparently needs a history lesson!!!

    saoirse, I hope you had a nice one!

  12. I hope you and Grant had a great Valentine’s Day! M is out of town for the week due to work, so I spent the day (and evening) dealing with my two reasons for not wanting fertility! :-)

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