Robigalia


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Robigalia

April 25
The ancient Romans knew how much damage certain fungi could do to their crops, but they attributed these diseases to the wrath of the gods. Robigus was the Roman god who personified such blights, and the annual festival known as the Robigalia was designed to placate him. It was believed that prayers and sacrifices made on this day, April 25, would head off the mildew, rust, wilt, and other blights that so often devastated their crops.
SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 247
DictFolkMyth-1984, p. 916
DictRomRel-1996, p. 192
FestRom-1981, p. 108
OxYear-1999, p. 171
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27) El perro que se sacrificaba en las Robigalia era de color rojizo, segun Ovidio (Fast.
A su turno, Ceres, Bacchus, Minerva, Venus, Robigus y Flora fueron dioses protectores de la agricultura romana y, en honor a los dos ultimos, se celebraban anualmente los festivales Robigalia y Floralia.