|"Lupercalia (Recorded @ h'Art Opening - 2.14.09)"|
|This is my set from Lupercalia. One in the series of h'Art Opening events in Seattle, showcasing regional art & music.
Lupercalia was a very ancient, possibly pre-Roman pastoral festival, observed from February 13 through February 15 to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. The Lupercalia festival was partly in honor of Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled the infant orphans, Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. Lupercalia was often accompanied by much rowdiness and horseplay - central to the ritual was the lustration (light flogging) with a goatskin scourge. The purpose was the purification of the people from curses, bad luck and infertility.