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Lemuralia (Lemuria)

Lemuralia (Lemuria)

May 9, 2012

Background Celebrated May 9, 11, and 13, Lemuralia (or Lemuria) was a Roman festival dedicated to appeasing evil spirits. Romans honored their benevolent deceased ancestors (lares), but feared spirits of slain enemies and spirits of those who didn’t have living relatives that could properly honor them. They feared that these evil spirits (lemures) might...