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Lemuralia

In ancient Rome, the lemures—the ghosts of the family's dead—were considered to be troublesome and therefore had to be exorcized on a regular basis. The Lemuralia or Lemuria was a yearly festival held on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May to get rid of the lemures. Participants walked barefoot, cleansed their hands three times, and threw black beans behind them nine times to appease the spirits of the dead. On the third day of the festival, a merchants' festival was held to ensure a prosperous year for business. More...
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Many ancient Roman customs and traditions were borrowed from Etruscans.
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LEMURALIA, I SAY LET THEM LIVE..
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Roman Belief in Spirits:

The ancient Romans believed that after death their souls became spirits or shades of the dead. There is some debate about the nature of Roman shades or spirits (aka ghosts).

"[Plotinus (3rd century A.D.)] says, indeed, that the souls of men are demons, and that men become Lares if they are good, Lemures or Larvae if they are bad, and Manes if it is uncertain whether they deserve well or ill. Who does not see at a glance that this is a mere whirlpool sucking men to moral destruction?

For, however wicked men have been, if they suppose they shall become Larvae or divine Manes, they will become the worse the more love they have for inflicting injury; for, as the Larvae are hurtful demons made out of wicked men, these men must suppose that after death they will be invoked with sacrifices and divine honors that they may inflict injuries. But this question we must not pursue. He also states that the blessed are called in Greek eudaimones, because they are good souls, that is to say, good demons, confirming his opinion that the souls of men are demons."

http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/rome/p/lares.htm
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And the ancients closed the temples on these days,

As you see them shut still at the season of the dead.

its a time not suitable for widows or virgins to wed;

She who marries won’t live long.

Ovid,Fasti

Back to Lemuria. According to Ovid the whole thing started when Romulus killed brother Remus, (you know, the twins who escaped being buried alive and were raised by a she-wolf?) and the ghost of Remus showed up all bloodstained and angry at the foot of Romulus’ bed. As a way to appease Remus-Ghost, the feast of Remuria was created and was later, renamed Lemuria, taken from the word Lemures. Lemures were believed to be restless or vengeful souls of the dead, who did not receive the proper burial rites.

In order to banish the lemures, the family patriarch would rise at midnight and wash his hands in water three times. Barefoot, he would walk through the house, tossing beans over his shoulder or spitting them out in various places repeating, “I send these; with these beans I redeem me and mine.” Meanwhile, the rest of the family banged on pots and pans, to frighten the lemurs away calling out, “Ghosts of my ancestors, be gone!”

In result, Romans regarded the entire month of May to be unlucky and it was especially unwise to marry. Those brides who did, would die soon after.

https://nourishingdeath.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/lemuria/
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