Black Spirituality Religion : Celebrating Christmas on Dec 25....

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  1. Fine1952

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    Slowly, the information leaks out....!

    Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing spoke of the significance of the Romulus/Remus connection to the YT man and his "possible" true "origin" in "The Isis Papers" page 27 and I quote:

    "...Decoded, Romulus and Remus are the symbolic representatives of the early albinos who were abandoned by their Black mothers in Africa as genetic mutant defectives and, in the process their northward migration for survival, were "left to the dogs" -- suckled by wolves. This decoding explains the worship and love of the dog (canine) in Western Civilization..."

    (canine: dog-wolf)



    ...has pagan ties

    Cincinnati Enquirer, Section A12
    Sunday December 23, 2007
    by Ariel David
    The Associated Press

    Italian Experts Link Date to Ancient Roman Wolf Shrine

    Rome-The church where the tradition of celebrating Christmas on Dec 25 may have begun was built near a pagan shrine as part of an effort to spread Christianity, a leading Italian says.

    Italian archaeologists last month unveiled an underground grotto that they believe ancient Romans revered as the place where a wolf nursed Rome's legendary founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus.

    A few feet from the grotto, or "Lupercale", the Emperor Constantine built the Basilica of St. Anastasia, where some believe Christmas was first celebrated on December 25.

    Constantine ended the frequent waves of anti-Christian persecutions in the Roman empire by making Christianity a lawful religion in 313. He played a key role in unifying the beliefs and practices of the early followers of Jesus.

    In, 325, he convened the Council of Nicea, which fixed the dates of important Christian festivals. It opted to mark Christmas, then celebrated at varying dates on December 25 to coincide with the Roman festival celebrating the birth of the sun god, said Andrea Carandini, a professor of archeology at Rome's La Sapienza University.

    The Basilica of St. Anastasia was built as soon as a year after the Nicean Council. It probably was where Christmas was first marked on December 25, part of broader efforts to link pagan practices to Christian celebrations in the early days of the new religion, Carandini said.

    "The church was built to Christianize these pagan places of worship," he said. "It was normal to put a church near these places to try to 'save' them."

    Rome's archaeological superintendent Angelo Bottini, who did not take part in Carandini's research, said that hypothesis was "evocative" and "helps us understand the mechanisms of the passage from pagan to Christianity."

    Bottini and Carandini said future digs could bolster the link between the shrine and the church if structures belonging to the "Lupercale" are found directly below the basilica.

    The Basilica St. Anastasia was the first church to rise not on the ancient city's outskirts, but on the Palatine Hill, the palatial center of power and religion in imperial Rome, Carandini said. Though little known today, at the time of Constantine it was one of the most important basilicas for Christians in Rome, he said.

    The "Lupercale" shrine--named after the "lupa," Latin for she-wolf is 52 feet below ground. So far, archaeologists have only been able to see it by inserting probes and cameras that have revealed a vaulted ceiling decorated with colored marble and a white imperial eagle.

    Through some experts have expressed doubts that the grotto is in fact the mythological nursery of Romulus and Remus, most archaeologists believe the shrine fits the descriptions found in ancient texts, and plans are being drawn up to excavate the structure further.