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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Origins

Thanksgiving is a day of the bountiful food we take in, football, family, and giving thanks for all good that has come to us. 

A day to soil our royal oats.

However, my lovers, this is a Roman pagan holiday.
I bet you're thinking, of a day with a flair of extravagance, for all people, common and birthright.
 I mean we are talking about the Romans here, aren't we?  A venture of the theater, games, and drinking, and more. 
However, it was a national woman's day. A holiday excluded from men, only married woman could pay tribute. 
I bet you're wondering why.
Why was this holiday marked only for women? 
so was I! 
Here's is what I found
The main event stems to the tale of Persephone and Hades ( retold here). Women gathered, and showed their respects to the deity, for restoring sustenance to the people. And, that day was called Thesmophoria. Married women would feast for three days, in various places, cleans themselves to maintain purity, and perform rituals, to Ceres/Demeter.

Yet, this holiday was allegedly celebrated, in the earlier months of October ( Yet, sometimes said celebrated in November, unsure).
Well who is this mysterious woman, I talk of?

One of the Di Consentes, Ceres, the goddess of the harvest, fertility, and agriculture.  
Ceres holds extreme power, and whom the common people would praise for the need of nourishment; believers would leave offerings, and worship for the favour of Ceres.

 However, Cereialia is also significantly similar to Thesmophoria, difference is everyone celebrated 
Thesmophoria, while Cereialia was reserved only for women. 
Both holidays deeply rotted to corn, and turkey. 
Sounds familiar, huh? 
That would ruin the dynamic of the pilgrims, and the Native Americans?
Cereialia was a festival held for seven days, with various activities, such as: circus games, chariot races, and theater.

While the holidays, are grand, it's great to know its true origins. 
Have a wonderful Turkey-day, or better yet have blessing Thesmophoria. 

Amour Toujours 
Nailah D'arcy 

Reference
creationcalendar.com/StatuteFeastInfo/7-Thanksgiving.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_(mythology)
http://voices.yahoo.com/thesmophoria-greek-thanksgiving-10429945.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesmophoria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerealia

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