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St. Valentine and Valentine's Day

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Valentine is related to Cupid, Eros, Juno Februata, Pan, Priapus,  etc.

Valentine's Day is linked to the ancient Roman Lupercalia feast.

The ancient Christian Church had a policy of replacing Pagan gods and goddesses with Christian saints. Sometimes these saints actually existed. In other cases, the story of a Roman god or goddess was cleaned up and Christianized. Some of the Pagan elements were minimized or entirely deleted. A biography was created so that they would appear to have been real human beings. St. Valentine appears to have been one of these.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet St. Valentine, Juno Februata, Cupid, Valentine's Day, and Lupercilia
 
bullet Religious opposition to St. Valentine's Day

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Copyright 2000 to 2011by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2000-JAN-25
Latest update: 2011-FEB-22
Author: B.A. Robinson

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