23 February 2007


Today is the Roman festival in honor of the god of boundaries, Terminus. On this day offerings of blood were poured on boundary stones even though the god himself did not receive blood sacrifices. Flowers were also offered to these stones which were later considered holy themselves. When Jupiter was moving into his temple on the Capitol, Terminus was the only god who did not give way. Therefore a boundary stone, representative of Terminus, was worshipped there along with Jupiter. Later lore about the sacred boundary stones stated that anyone who disturbed or moved them would be struck by a curse.

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