LUX AETERNA "Der Heilige Nikolaus" + SATURNALIA: A Winter Solstice & Yule Market is now open!
helel ( lux aeterna / sempiternal ) has added a photo to the pool:
I know, it’s a little ironic of me. But to be fair, Der Heilige Nikolaus does give us a look at the roots of Santa Claus. Translated to Saint Nicholas (no, it has nothing to do with our Nicholas), this neat little staff will suit you well if you’re fond of reindeers and sleighs.
Included in the pack are right hand and left hand versions which all have high priority animations included. Also included is a version attached to your spine for a sheathed look.
The included texture HUD offers many different customization options. Materials are enabled, and all items are modify and copy.
Don’t forget to take a peek at what’s right at the side of our booth, we have a Yule Market item for just 99L. You can have a look at the Blessed Yuletide set here.
As always, we hope you enjoy.
Saturnalia was an ancient Roman pagan festival that celebrated the god Saturn, at the Temple of Saturn in ancient Rome. This “holiday” began on 17th December and ran through to 23rd December in accordance to the Julian calendar. Much like Kronia, Saturnalia’s Greek equivalent, it was a time of feasts, drinking, merry-making, gift-giving, and parties, just like the tradition we call today, Christmas. Additionally, there were also activities such role reversal (masters would serve their slaves) and the electing of a “King of the Saturnalia” (Saturnalicius princeps). It was called “the best of days”, a time of opposing the regular, symbolical liberation, and overturning the social norms, reflecting the contradictory nature of the god Saturn himself.
As the Roman Empire converted to Christianity somewhere in the 4th Century, many of their pagan traditions were adopted by Christians or influenced Christian celebrations, it is no coincidence that the declared birthday of Sol Invictus (the Roman Sun god) was on the 25th of December.
Likewise, Yule, or Yuletide, originally a Germanic pagan festivity, met the same fate as most pagan traditions, being Christianized as the years went by. The Christmas log cakes, Christmas ham, and caroling are just a few examples of Yule traditions that were later brought into Christmas. Yule is still commonly celebrated by many people; Wiccans often regard this winter solstice celebration as the rebirth of the Horned God.
As the pattern emerges, we can certainly begin to recall many more Christmas activities coming to mind, that bear a strong resemblance to ancient pagan traditions, and not just limited to the ones mentioned here.
Saturnalia: A Winter Solstice & Yule Market opens on the 17th of December and will run through 1st January.
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About Sollemne + Infernum
Our aim is to offer a genuine Pagan experience, one unlikely to be found anywhere else, returning to ancient tradition and beliefs and give thanks to them, at the very same time, providing a fun experience for everyone involved, whilst dispelling any misconceptions or misinformation about the day itself.