I was doing a little snooping around on the vastness that is known as Google, hunting for a Valentine’s Day blog topic, when I discovered the festival of Lupercalia or the “Wolf Festival.” Whether or not this ancient celebration is connected to Valentine’s Day is up for debate but either way, it got me thinking.
Now, as some of you may know, I’m not a huge fan of the big V-Day. There are just too many barf-worthy declarations that happen, spurred by a date on the calendar, that it hardly seems genuinely romantic to me. So, when I stumbled on a few sites that detailed the history of Lupercalia and made some loose connections to our modern heart and flowers day, I was totally intrigued. Of course there was the usual ritual sacrifices, a dog and two goats and some other things involving goatskin whips and blood for fertility, but then there was this practice where by the village girls’ names were put into a container and drawn out by a village boy. They were then considered a couple and would participate in erotic games and such during the celebratory days, continuing on for a year and sometimes beyond if the match was a good one. Random. Exciting. Sounds like a lot of fun, right? Takes care of all the horny angst that dominates our adolescence and potentially, in a totally random, let fate decide way, might have lead to blissfully long term unions.
Obviously that kind of thing wouldn’t fly in today’s Western society. We have come to value plush toys that sing love songs, boxes of chocolate, and flowers. There is a huge amount of pressure on children and teens in particular to get those V-Day cards. To be accepted and desired. You don’t want to be the one with the empty cubby or be the kid who’s mom is their only Valentine. There’s a lot of pressure on significant others to buy just the right, sweet, romantic, this-says-how-I-feel product.
Can you imagine if fate was in control? Chance? Maybe destiny? No matter what, it seems that during Lupercalia everyone got a chance for a little excitement and romance on a day celebrating fertility. And even better, if that celebratory union turned into something deeper, something lifelong? Well, that sounds like the makings of a paranormal erotic romance if you ask me.
I like the idea of Lupercalia, it beats the hell out of Valentine’s Day with all the pink and red and love-vomiting. Since I’m an erotic romance writer, I’m always on the look out for a new take on the down and dirty.
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Every day is Halloween for author Angela Addams. Enthralled by the paranormal at an early age, Angela spends most of her time thinking up new story ideas that involve supernatural creatures in everyday situations. She believes that the written word is an amazing tool for crafting the most erotic of scenarios.
She is an avid tattoo collector, a total book hoarder, and loves anything covered in chocolate…except for bugs.
She lives in Ontario, Canada in an old, creaky house, with her husband and children.
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