Here‘s a note (in Catalan) on the fest in Barceloneta where I took down Sale el sol por la mañana last year. The first fruits function of the Judaic Pentecost explains why the locals dress up in food on their return from their trip out to the country, but I guess this relationship was lost as Christianity spread to areas of Europe where grain was harvested later, if at all. Harvests explain why Bishop Oliba‘s pau i treva attempted–in one of its incarnations, I believe–to inhibit feudal violence until after Pentecost, ie after grain had been brought to market.
The Edict of Worms was issued sometime round Pentecost, 1521, and I do find it helpful to think of Martin Luther as a Very Old Testament corn god rather than a dangerous innovator, although his famous “If I fart in Wittenberg, maybe they’ll hear me in Rome” does suggest a somewhat suspicious fondness for St Luke’s windy frenzy in Acts:
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Despite the encouraging hints yielded by careless textual analysis, I suspect that the church will be unwilling to admit farting as toothless speech, for that would surely eventually lead to Walter Canis Inflatus getting married, standing for parliament, and all that human stuff.
- Gone with the wind
“My Lord, I had forgott the Fart.”
- Pirates in the Church of England
One of the churches – maybe Freshford – inspected during a sodden stroll around Bath the other day had been completely
- The fire and the precipice
The following curious passage brought back memories of a quiet Tuesday several years ago: The sixty Catalans imprisoned in Adrianople, after the
- Pentecostal woes
Today in 1565 the True Cross was taken and dipped in the sea in order to assuage the great drought. Doesn’t
- The fretting nun’s secret