Home | Mystica Index) | Mythical Folk (Index) | horoscope | Free Psychic Reading

Back to Home Page or Contents Page or Past and present beliefs or Index

Lapis Manalis

This is the term for "Stone of the Underworld," or of the dead, a sacred stone that covers the pit of the manes on the Palatine Hill in Rome. During the annual festival of Mania, the Ancestral Moon-mother, the stone was removed and her children the manes or ghosts-of-ancestors were invited to join the feast. Occasionally the festival was called Parentalia, since it was believed the ghosts of the underworld were synonymous with the di parentes or "parent-gods" from past ages.

In Northern Europe similar festivals were held at Halloween or Samhhain (see Sabbats), when ancestral ghosts were invited. A.G.H.

Source: 56, 529.

The MYSTICA is copyright 1997-2020 Contact Info Privacy Policy