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April Fools Day Blessings and Quiz
A Lens Paying Tribute To Squids Cooking and Quiz
The Squid team has gone mad today, April Fools Day and all that. So we have a quest to bless lenses and give them 50 points each in a frenzy of activity that will see us all hungry and exhausted at the end of it.
To add to the fun we are also to play jokes on those we bless, which I have done with gusto telling them all to prepare for the angels to consume their food. One lens is expecting them for a big Mad Hatters Party, but I think it will be for a Mad Wand Waving one.
My choice of a neighborhood different to my 'normal' one is Food and Cooking. Most cooks were requested to either serve the angels on their bus as they flew around today, or to pay a forfeit, such as a letter of excuse to Seth Godin, or to pay for the gas for the bus and, in some cases, they had to make a donation to a charity.. Others were told the angels would come for late supper or a sleep over. Don't know how many made that.
Personally I was so bloated and full of flatulence after eating so many yummy casseroles, stroganofs, pies, cakes and other things that I found it hard to stay on course and almost impossible to get my feet back on the ground. In other words it was a windy day up there.
Anyway the lenses below are all top quality and they are here to enhance the enjoyment of what has been a fun day. To top it off I think you should have a look at how April Fool's Day came about. Pictured is part of an April Fool's Day Parade in Ukraine.
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The Origin of the Day
Widely celebrated as a day when people play jokes on each other, and some go to extreme lengths to make them as funny as possiby, this day is one with almost no history. Wikipedia noted that Chaucer is the first to mention it in literature in his 1392 Canterbury Tales but its history is way back in the ancient world.
Christianity wiped out any records of rituals prior to its own. Or so the Leaders thought. But they did not know that one day it would be relocated in the very words we speak. My research took me back to the origin of sounds and language related to the divine Sun god of the time. It is not possible to reveal much of that work as it is due for publication soon, however, I can tell you a little that may help you to understand.
If you have read my lenses on religion and spirituality you would have come across the origin of crucifixion of god-men which was a common event held on the 22nd March. At that time it was considered that the sacrificed males would resurrect three days later along with the sun, as its consorts. The 25th March is heralded as the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere for this reason,
The god-man is depicted in rock art from some 3-4000ya as rising upwards holding onto the circle and cross image as if it is a kite bearing him up to the sun. He has the face of a bird, a sword at his side and a hugely erect penis in these images, That is he is shown in expectation of becoming the procreator of the new growth at that time. It was also common for his followers to eat his flesh and drink his blood in expectation that his spirit would pass into them.
Anthropology of ancient tribes shows that in some they kept their dead for some days after death before consuming the flesh. The number of the Mother god in antiquity was both 5 and 7 and in some cases, probably in the European setting, the body was kept for 7 days to honor the power of the Mother god, the sun. At the end of the seven days it was distributed for consumption. That is on 1st April.
Being severely contaminated with botulism and other things those who consumed it would have run around in a mad state. They would no doubt have vomited, been very dizzy and would have acted very strangely, This was taken as being a sign of having the spirit within. Later people who acted strangely or had any of these characteristics were considered gods in their own right. This effect may have also been why the body was kept for seven day before being distributed.
Later on kings would have their 'jesters' at court to imitate the foolish acts of godship as a sign that they had the power of a god. There is a lot more to the story but it can wait. Christianity had to hide these details as it promoted the communion service of its own god-man.
The Introduction of Spirits
As man learned to ferment fruit into wine it was called 'spirit' because it allowed the same sensation of dizziness and stupidity as the flesh and blood did. The facts are that this could not be done away with as it was a very popular part of the Easter festival and Christianty, under the authority of Constantine and then Jerome, adopted it but in a somewhat changed form.
Old references to April Fools Day
Wikipedia notes: "In the Middle Ages, New Year's Day was celebrated on the 25th of March in most European towns In some areas of France, New Year's was a week-long holiday ending on the 1st of April" This conforms to the Mother god being worshipped for seven days before her consort came into the picture, There are other references to the seven days and the 'week'. That also relates to 'weak' when the sun was weak in the sky and the people were weak for waiting for the spirit to come to them.
In another twist, [f] relates to 'food'. [o] to the circle of the cross, [l] to god and [i] to the sun. Together they are 'f-o-l-i', which means 'feeding in the circle of god's eye'. It is the origin of words like 'folly' for the deeds of a fool and for 'fool' itself.
Here are more lenses blessed on this day
Why I Blessed so Many Lenses Today
When special days like this turn up and extra points are up for grabs it is a time for me to pay back. People visit my lenses on a regular basis and spend time to rate them and leave valuable comments. That is something much appreciated by me and to show that their efforts mean a lot to me then they get the special blessings.
Angel blessings normally deliver 10 or 20 points but on days like this they are worth 50 points, So to everyone whose lenses are featured here you have done a great job and my only regret is that I ran out of time and could not do more.
Some Music to Enjoy
Did you get blessed on April Fools Day?
How many blessings did you receive from angels
Have you read Canterbury Tales
What the story is about.
Written at the end of the 14th Century it is a collection of tales by pilgrims making their way from Southwark to the tomb of Thomas Beckett at Canterbury Cathedral. Some of the stories are in prose and some in poetry form and they were offered by individuals as part of a contest to pass the time away during the journey. Wikipedia notes: "He (Chaucer) uses the tales and the descriptions of the characters to paint an ironic and critical portrait of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church. "
The works are difficult for the modern readers as they are in Middle English and from a time when there were many dialects, even different languages, throughout the English countryside that make hard work of it. It is possible, therefore, that they comprise some folklore and hand me down stories, such as that of April Fool's Day, so it is not surprising that it is first mentioned here..
Not until Shakespere in the 16thC, who introduced some 3,000 new terms, did the English language start to come of age but it was Johnson's dictionary in the 17th C that regulated terminology and made sense of vowels, tenses and painted the landscape for Modern English. It came about just after the printing press so together they brought in the new form of English, which continues to alter with every generation.
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