Lestat (flambeauvivant) wrote,
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Christmas Event...

In ancient Rome, from the 17th to the 23rd of December, a Lord of Misrule was appointed for the feast of Saturnalia, in the guise of the good god Saturn.

By Medieval days the Lord of Misrule, known in Scotland as the Abbot of Unreason and in France as the Prince des Sots, was appointed by lot at Christmas to preside over the Feast of Fools. He was generally a peasant appointed to be in charge of Christmas revelries, which often included drunkenness and wild partying, in the pagan tradition of Yule.

During this time the ordinary rules of life were turned topsy-turvy as masters served their slaves, and the offices of state were held by slaves. This is the precursor to our modern holiday, and is alive in many old traditions today.


And we're about to revive it...
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