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June 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm #1113
Ludi Piscatorii in honor of Tiberinus starts today. For those who are unaware, the Ludi Piscatorii is a time of celebration dedidated to Father Tiber (Tiberis Pater) and the fishermen who fished the waters of the Tiber River for food for themselves and their loved ones. The celebrations were overseen by the Praetor, just as I worked hand in hand with our esteemed Praetor Peregrinus, L. Curtius Philo, on these Ludi. All fish that were caught during these celebrations were sacrificed at Temple of Vulcan in honor of the god of fire.
In honor of these events, our Praetor Peregrinus has volunteered to host a very important aspect of this ceremony, and that is a religious one. Due to the current ongoing project of the Societas Numaea, we are asking any and all to submit an entry for this contest.
The prize for this contest will be either a paperback version of the Aeniad or ‘An Introduction to Roman Religion’ by John Scheid.
For this competition we ask that you design a ceremony for Vulcanus, god of fire and smithing. You may also work in mention of Tiberinus or any other river god if you so desire. The only two rules we ask that you follow are to keep it traditionally Roman (whether it be Roman or Gallo-Roman), and follow the following formula set forth by the Societas Numaea:
I. Purificatio – purification of self, offerings, altar with water
II Praefatio – address (+/- offerings of wine / incense) to Ianus and Vesta. Light any fires/burners on altar
III. Salutatio – Here Iupiter plus additional deities are invited to attend the ceremony and are greeted, this always includes the primary deities receiving an offering, but may include others as well. Here offerings of wine or incense are often made, each deity is addressed individually and receives an individual libation or offering of incense
IV. Precatio – 4 PARTS:
(I) Address the primary deity/deities being honored (offerings of wine/incense made)
(II) statement made explaining why the sacrifice is occurring
(III) present what is being offered
(IV) statement regarding the desired result(s) from the ceremony
V. Immolatio – Make the primary sacrifice to the deity/deities being honored
VI. Redditio – (Optional) Here any additional offerings to the deities invited to attend the ceremony occur
VII. Piaculum – Statements made to each deity addressed in ceremony for reparation for any unnoticed error in the ceremony. Vesta is always addressed last.
May the gods smile upon and bless everyone’s efforts in this very important contest!
Di vos incolumes custodiant!
L. Aurelius CurioJune 7, 2016 at 9:40 pm #5530
Hmm…. I rather wait and check how you guys make rituals this time. 😀June 8, 2016 at 5:41 am #5550
Due to an oversight on my part I would like to clarify the rules.
Ceremonies should be directed towards Vulcanus and may involve Tiberinus or any river God in an associated manner.
My apologies. I look forward to reading the entries!
PhiloJune 8, 2016 at 6:03 am #5552
Note: Announcement has been amended to reflect that the ceremony is to be to Vulcanus, with a mention of Tiberinus or any other river gods if you do desire.June 10, 2016 at 12:32 am #5617
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Ludi Piscatorii! The competitions are now closed and the announcers will be announced in the next few days! I hope to see you all in the Ludi Apollinares in July!
L. Aurelius Curio
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