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Date(s) - 01/10/2022
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Livy says King Numa established an festival to Fides (Good Faith) on this day and ordained that all sacerdotes should go to the shrine in a two-horse hooded carriage; before sacrificing they must wrap up their hands as far as the fingers as a sign that faith must be kept. The covering of the hands was designed to protect the shrine from human pollution. Fides embodies the belief in the reliability of the gods, if man did his part in maintaining the pax deorum: when a man prayed with good faith the god was thus engaged. Horace suggests the statue of Fides had
that the statue of the goddess had her right hand covered with white cloth or ribbon.

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