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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sabato 13 novembre 2010

The Spelt

I've noticed that my previous post about food has stimulated some interest. For this reason now I will describe a rather complex issue related to a peculiar food which I have deliberately not mentioned in my previous post: the spelt.

Spelt in fact plays a pivotal role within the Traditional Roman Religion: for this reason I devote to spelt this specific post but highlighting that it is very difficult to be exahustive here. I thus will cite just few general concepts and ideas.

Spelt is a sacred food by definition. It plays the same role barley plays for ancient greeks. Gods and Goddesses address to the followers of roman religion calling them: spelt eaters.

There are many rites linked to spelt harvesting I cannot describe here. It is important to remember that spelt was eaten as puls: this is a sort of mush with a little bit of lard and a puree of broad beans for the festivity dedicated to Carna (June the 1st)

Panes Laureati were not proved flat breads made with spelt, water, salt and laurel leaves.

The Flamen Dialis ate strues (spelt and honey) and fertum (spelt, salt, milk and sheep liver): these were sacred not proved flat breads.

It is important to remind the mola salsa (spelt and salt) prepared by the Vestales. this flour was necessary for bloody sacrifices: the animal became sacred when its head was covered with mola salsa.

A flat bread made with spelt and honey was necessary also for not-bloody sacrifices (libum) and with the name of ianual was used as a gift to be exchanged during the festivities of january the 1st.

A specific discussion should be reserved to confarreatio (the communion or marriage with spelt): this is the most sacred form of marriage.

Spelt is the symbol of frugality, semplicity and moderation in eating.

Spelt is sacred in the Traditional Roman Religion also because it is linked to the importantce of the family and the Ancestors' Cult. Spelt represents the Ancient Food or "what our ancestors ate". Eating spelt in the everyday diet within the family the links with the ancestors and the family links themselves are simbolically reinforced.

For this reason it is important to eat spelt in any occasion: today it is quite easy. Spelt can be easily found in soups, grains and it can be eaten also in different ways and in many salads. It is possible to find also spelt flour or bread and flat breads made with spelt flour.

Also taday spelt can become again an important element within the everyday meals and in many specific festivities: for example a spelt soup is the central dish for the meal in the night of december 21st for the festivity od Divalia and the opening of Janua Coeli.

6 commenti:

M. Lucretius Agricola ha detto...

I have seen some debate about "spelt". The Latin word, "far" is often translated "spelt" (triticum spelta), but I have seen it claimed that "far" was actually "emmer" (triticum dicoccum). Emmer is also a very old variety, and it seems that it is grown today in some parts of Italy. I believe that Italian "farro" is emmer.

Modern spelt and emmer differ visually, so it would be interesting to take a close look at some Roman coins to see if they clearly show one or the other.

Sometimes here (Japan) I can find "farro semiperlato" from Italy.

Carmelo Cannarella ha detto...
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Carmelo Cannarella ha detto...

Dear friend,
thank you very much for your comment to clarify the Latin term "far". As you can easily understand, it is not always easy for me to find the correct translation from Latin, Italian into English. This is the case of the term "emmer" which actually I don't know. In Italian we use the term "farro" (and we eat quite frequently it) which derivates directly from the latin "far" and, in the common everyday use, covers the different crop varieties. Probably in English is different and differtn terms correpond to different species.

I don't know exactly which variety was used in the roman times. A friend of mine is a numismatist: I can ask for information.
Thank you again for your extremely useful considerations.

Carmelo Cannarella ha detto...

Dear friend,
thank you very much for your comment to clarify the Latin term "far". As you can easily understand, it is not always easy for me to find the correct translation from Latin, Italian into English. This is the case of the term "emmer" which actually I don't know. In Italian we use the term "farro" (and we eat quite frequently it) which derivates directly from the latin "far" and, in the common everyday use, covers the different crop varieties. Probably in English is different and differtn terms correpond to different species.

I don't know exactly which variety was used in the roman times. A friend of mine is a numismatist: I can ask for information.
Thank you again for your extremely useful considerations.

corbux123 ha detto...

Ciao Carmelo , innanzi tutto , complimenti per il tuo blog , che ha suscitato in noi un certo interesse , sia per i temi trattati , sia per la passione con la quale li tratti.

Ora volevamo sottorporti a una questione di una complessità non indifferente.

Come è considerato l'Ateismo , nella tradizione romana?

Carmelo Cannarella ha detto...

Quello dell'Ateismo è in effetti un argomento piuttosto complesso che meriterebbe un approfondimento specifico. Per questo, conto di affrontare l'argomento al più presto con uno specifico post.
Grazie comunque per aver sollevato la questione.