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Nerthus and Carnival February 2, 2016

Posted by The Typist in Carnival, cryptical envelopment, The Mystery, The Narrative, The Typist, The Vision, Toulouse Street.
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Ever wonder why there is a white bullock at the front of Rex? Below is an image of Nerthus, a Germanic deity whose worship involved a sacred cart pulled by white bullocks. Nerthus, close cousin to Freya, is attested by Tacitus, the first century AD Roman historian, in his ethnographic work Germania.
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The word ‘Carnival’ is of uncertain origin … Usener drives “carnival” from currus navalis, the ship car, and finds its origin in some ship procession similar to that which figures in the cult of the goddess Isis. Certainly in the Middle Ages ship processions were held as spring celebrations in England, Germany and the South of Europe [and] the procession may take place either at Christmas or at the beginning of Lent; for the resemblance between the Kalends and the Saturnalia is paralleled by the resemblance between the Twelve Days and the Carnival.

The Court Masque
– By Enid Welsford

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1. Susanna - February 2, 2016

I haven’t seen this yet, but yesterday there were several black stretch limos marked “Elves of Oberon” blocking our way out of the parking lot near Audubon Blvd. onto Willow St. happy early mardi gras, sp

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The Typist - February 5, 2016

There is such a history of mythology in the tradition of Carnival that is lost. Every krewe tries to be hip with some current event theme. I miss the old krewes with their tributes not only to mythology, or Broadway shows, or literature. I think we’ve lost a little something.

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