Today is the first day of Ludi Cereales which runs from April 12-19th in honor of Ceres.
In antiquity, during this celebration of Ceres, Virgil says, 'when the clear spring has come let all your country folk worship Ceres' and offer milk, honey and wine, and for good luck carry the luck-bringing sacrificial victim three times round the young crops. We know nothing of the ceremonies in her temple, but at the Games white robes were worn. Here the most striking cult act was performed: foxes, with burning brands tied to their tails, were let loose in the Circus Maximus. Ovid's explanation is complicated by a textual corruption, but he suggests that a fox was ritually burnt, perhaps as a warning to other vermin to keep away. On 19 April, plebeian families could exchange hospitality and dine together as the patricians had done at the end of the Megalesia.
The rite will be performed by Gaia Cassia Longina
Create original visual work (paintings, drawings, photographs) related to the theme: Goddess Ceres, Cerealia.
Submit an entry by posting here: Or by sending me a personal message. A maximum of three entries are allowed.
All entries must be received April 19th
The prize will be a statue of Ceres sponsored by Publius Iunius Brutus
The contest is open to anyone.
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