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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Festival of Mercury

In ancient Rome on the fifteenth of May, the month so named from his mother, a festival was celebrated in honor of Mercury. Merchants and traders sacrificed a sow, sprinkled themselves, and the goods they intended for sale, with water from his fountain, and prayed that Mercury would both blot out all the frauds and perjuries they had already committed, and enable them to impose again on their buyers.


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