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Making Whoopie, Goddess-Style

February 15 was a big deal in ancient Rome. It was the beginning of the annual Lupercalia, an early precursor to matchmakers.com, and the foundation of the city/state of Rome.

Lupercalia was a festival celebrating erotic love. It was held in honor of the Roman goddess of love and marriage, Juno. (Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. And it was

Valentine Goddess Venus (Aphrodite)

In fact, it was so hot that the name of the month, February, was derived from the Latin word "febres", meaning feverish.

The feast days celebrated the founding of Rome, and a pagan priest led the festivities. Part of the program included his "whipping" all the women to ensure their fertility.

Another part of the celebration involved a "lottery" in which the names of the unmarried females names were drawn from a hat (or other suitable container) by the available young males and they were "paired" for a period of time, some say a year. This pairing, of course, being done to honor of Juno, the goddess of love and marriage.

Accounts vary considerably regarding the duration and nature of these pairings, but it definitely functioned as an early version of matchmaker.com.
 

And thereby the church essentially co-opted the old pagan Festival and turned it into to a religious holiday celebrating the Christian virtues of love and marriage.

Like so many other holidays, Valentine's Day was eventually co-opted again, this time by "commercial interests".

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Who was Valentine and what did he do that made him a saint?

Why do we give Valentine cards?

And who the heck is that chubby little guy wearing diapers and shooting arrows? A god? You're kidding, right??

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