Saturday, March 15, 2008

Celebration of Misrule

About this time of year, Jews celebrate Purim. Besides reading the book of Esther, this holiday is characterized by a spirit of misrule. In this festival, everything is supposed to be topsy-turvy and as disrespectful and silly as possible. People wear silly costumes, shout and shake noise makers during the scripture reading and so forth.

I wonder if any of you folks have holidays or have engaged in rituals of a similar nature? This might be something that honored chaos elements, or trickster deities, or something I've never heard of. If so, what are some examples?

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