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Monday, 1 August 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: Fabulinus

Fabulinus: this is another of my occasional gods from the various religions of the world; listed in the hope that those who don’t know might become acquainted with both the variety and the history of religious myth.

Fabulinus, as you’ve no doubt guessed, was a Roman god. He was considered responsible for the first words of a child and offerings were made to him on the occasion that a child first spoke. Although a figure from the popular religion of ancient Rome, he failed to appear in literary Roman mythology, but was one of the ‘little gods’, dear to the Roman home. These small gods were placed on the sacred list of the Indigitamenta, and invoked to help on special occasions.

Pic: Barley mixed with wheat.
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