Happy Horny Werewolf Day!

As posted last year:

 

I’m annually amused by Warren Ellis‘s Valentine’s Day advice:

Happy Valentine’s Day to all. And to those who hate the day, I say this: Valentine’s Day is a Christian corruption of a pagan festival involving werewolves, blood and fucking. So wish people a happy Horny Werewolf Day and see what happens.

The Beyond Words blog at Altalang.com provides some insight into Lupercalia:

But what’s in a name? Lupercalia is loosely connected with the ancient Greek festival of the Arcadia Lykaia (????? — lykos, “wolf”), which was held on the slopes of Mount Kykaiaon (“Wolf Mountain”), the tallest mountain in Arcadia, in the beginning of May. Lykaia was a primitive rite of passage that may have possibly entailed cannibalism and the possibility of werewolf transformation for the adolescent male participants.

In Roman mythology, however, Lupercus can be associated with the Roman god Faunus (the equivalent of Pan, the god of shepherds). Lupercus’ festival, celebrated on February 15, was also called Lupercalia, and his priests wore goatskins during all rites and celebrations. The Lupercal is also the cave where Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were suckled by a she-wolf, also named Lupa — which closely ties the god and the holiday to the origins of the Roman Empire.

And then there’s the Wikipedia entry, which recounts the less sensational bits of historical detail:

The festival began with the sacrifice by the Luperci (or the flamen dialis) of two male goats and a dog.[7] Next two young patrician Luperci were led to the altar, to be anointed on their foreheads with the sacrificial blood, which was wiped off the bloody knife with wool soaked in milk, after which they were expected to smile and laugh.

So the next time you find yourself irritated by the superficial displays of affection-on-demand encouraged by this Hallmark holiday, well …  just be glad you’re not standing around in your air-conditioned goatskin skivvies with milk, blood, and bits of wool dripping into your eyes as a bunch of old clergy dudes in their goatskin skivvies wait expectantly for you to smile and laugh on cue.

Because that’s not creepy and awkward at all. (Probably. I mean, I don’t know what you people do for fun.)

One Response to “Happy Horny Werewolf Day!”

  1. Hi,

    Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I couldn’t find a contact email for you.

    I’ve recently put out an ebook of my writing, called ‘The New Death and others’. It’s mostly short stories, with some obvious gamer-interest material. For example I have a story inspired by OD&D elves, as well as poems which retell Robert E Howard’s King Kull story ‘The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune’ and HP Lovecraft’s ‘Under the Pyramids’.

    I was wondering if you’d be interested in doing a review on your blog (either a normal book review, or a review of its suitability as gaming inspiration).

    If so, please let me know your email, and what file format is easiest for you, and I’ll send you a free copy. You can email me (news@apolitical.info) or reply to this thread.

    You can download a sample from Smashwords:

    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92126

    I’ll also link to your review from my blog.

    Yours,
    James.

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