Quando in un bosco ne percepisci la bellezza e diventi tutt'uno con il bosco, allora, intuitivamente, sei in armonia e in pace con le Dee e con gli Dei. Essi sono parte della nostra vera natura, la nostra Natura Profonda, e quando siamo separati dalla nostra vera natura, viviamo nella paura. Percepire questa normalità vuol dire dare un senso reale al vivere che è insito in tutte le cose.

Intraprendere la Via Romana al Divino significa iniziare un percorso di risveglio: praticando l'attenzione e la consapevolezza continua ci incamminiamo lungo una strada sapendo che ciò che conta è il cammino per sè più che la destinazione.

When you, entering a forest, perceive the beauty of the forest and you feel to be in a complete harmony with it, then, intuitively, you are in peace with the Deities. They are an essential part of our real nature, our Deep Nature, and when we are separated by our real nature we live in the fear. Perceiving such normality means giving a real sense to our lives.

Undertaking the Roman Via to the Deities implies a path to awakening: with the practice of continuing consciousness and awareness we undertake our walking knowing that taking the path is more important than the destination itself
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venerdì 5 novembre 2010

Food

Food, diet and meals play a relevant role in the Traditional Roman Religion. Unfortunately the imagine we have today of the relation of the Ancient Romans with food has been totally distorted by the defaming propaganda of the new religions.

Nonetheless, the Ancient Romans themselves tended to be ironic about the way liberti (often christians) ate without any decency and limits: just to mention the famous Trimalchio's Party in the Petronius Satyricon.

On the contrary, Ancient Romans ate very little and in a very simple way: we now found our everyday habits on the same tradition.

The diet was based on three main frugal meals:

jentaculum (breakfast)
prandium (lunch)
cena (dinner)

During the meal just few things were eaten: usually vegetables (beans, lentils, cabbage, fresh vegetables) and fruits, a little meat, bread and flat bread, wine.

Only the cena was a real meal, while the others were rather fast snacks.

Today our meals must be inspired to the same principles: frugality and balance.

Meat consumption in particular must be limited: never eat raw meat. In some days it is not possible to eat meat (see the calendar and the festivities). Meat thus plays a peculiar role also in consideration of the principle "from death, life": during sacrifice it was used the formula "Macte!" whose meaning is "grow!"

The calendar in fact inspired often what, when and how eat. In the same way, a totally rigorous vegetarian diet is not predicted in the Roman Traditional Religion.

Food and diet thus are used to confirm the role of mankind within the natural order (see also the prometeus myth): we are not savage animals hence we do not eat too much meat and raw meat.

Moderation, frugality and balance always inspire the diet

Too much food or alchool absolutely do not belong to the Traditional Roman Religion also because this violates the principles of dignitas and gravitas to which any pater and mater familias are inspired.

Meals are also sacred events because the meal is the moment where family members gather: meals are thus sacred to Vesta


4 commenti:

Ettore Grillo ha detto...

Trovo il tuo blog molto interessante. Cercavo qualcosa in lingua inglese, invece mi sono imbattuto nel tuo blog. Il libro che ho scritto contiene informazioni sulla mitologia greca e romana e su riti e sepolture praticati in diverse parti del mondo. Il mio sito web è www.ettoregrillo.com
Ettore Grillo Author of "Travels of the Mind"

M. Lucretius Agricola ha detto...

Very good! Balance and moderation in diet and all things should be our way. Excellent post.

Carmelo Cannarella ha detto...

Thank you all for your comments.

Caro Ettore visiterò presto il tuo sito.

M. Lucretius Agricola ha detto...

You're welcome. Your post inspired me to add a paragraph here http://cultusdeorumromanorum.blogspot.com/p/roman-culture.html and of course I gave you credit and a link back here.