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Anyone familiar with my entire body of work will surely know that some of my earliest posts centered around the ancient mid-April festival of Cerealia, held in the honor of the Roman Goddess CERES. One of the “highlights” of the Cerealia was the porca pracidanea, the ritual sacrifice of a PIG. In previous articles over the past two years, I have attempted to exhibit some the “pork” related happenings which also seem to coincide with a bloodier human ritual which has become common place during approximately the same dates of mid-April [see Ok. City, Columbine, Virgina Tech]
The festival of Cerealia occurred around April 12 to April 19, although the exact timing is now unknown. The image of Ceres, like Aphrodite and the other goddesses of the ancient world, has been watered down over the years. Rather than the benign earth mother guise in which she appears today, in ancient Rome and in Greece as Demeter she could be a rather frightening figure who had complete control over the survival of humanity. Remember that when her daughter was lost in the underworld Ceres/Demeter in her grief allowed her people to starve to death.