Lammas is another Sun holiday and celebrates the beginning of the haravest season. S the Sun wanes toward Winter Solstice, he grows older, preparing to sacrifice Himself to the fields and streams and to the creatures that will sustain us during the long cold months. His power, abundance, and generosity were celebrated at this time of year by the Maenads, the priestesses who worshipped Bacchus, during a celebration called the Bacchanalia. They would parade through the local village carrying a figure of the God, or an actual male temple adherent, upon a bed of ripe grapes and grains. They would drink, dance, and make love all in His name, sometimes actually sacrificing this Bacchus-like male figure and devouring him before running wild in the streets, mating with everything that moved. Any babies that were conceived during this time were considered Children of Bacchus, and would be the responsibility of the village to raise and educate in the ways of the Gods.
In more modern times, this celebration, and the accompanying sacrifice, is still held on August 1st and can be observed in many ways. Bread, cheese, and wine will be shared along with tales of accomplishment and good seeds sown that are beginning to ripen on the vine. We will be asking for blessings on these ‘crops’ and offering thanks to the God, Bacchus, for his generosity and sacrifice. No actual human or animal sacrifice (or blood letting of any kind) will be practiced at this, or any, Baba Yaga’s Hut event.
What to Bring:
As always, this event is open to the public. It is a pot luck so bring a dish to share (be prepared to keep it hot or cold as needed). Beverages will be provided along with all plates, cups, and eating utensils.
Bring your drum or acoustic musical instrument.
Bring a $10 donation; this ensures that we can continue to host these events.
Bring an item to place on the altar (this will be returned to you at the end of the ceremony).
Bring your open mind and heart.
*Please contact us if you would like more information.
Hope to see you there!
(Image is an original paining by Michel-Ange Houasse)