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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Neptune [part 2]


neptune
Originally uploaded by dino0477.

This is a very cool gigantic statue. It comes with a little sign that tells people about Neptune. In Germany we have what is called Neptune fests. These are usually held in sommercamps. Neptune will come from the water and find those unworthy of being in his realm. His helpers will catch the people after a poem is recited about them (their characteristcs and then name the person at the end) The trick is to regognize youself and get a head start. After being caught they will be cleaned by scrubbing their bodies and make them drink and eat something to clean the insides. (the brush is a hard broom and the drink/food utterly digusting). Once cleansed they will be batised to their new name and enter Neptuns realm with him (taking a not so voluntary bath).

Its great fun. Click here for some pictures of a Neptune festival in Germany (adults like it as much as kids do :).

11 comments:

Tiffanie said...

I keep seeing you on Jin and Lesley's sites. Thought I would pop over and say hi.

Katy said...

Tiffanie - thank you for stopping by I hope you will do so again. (I will be sure to visit your site as well)

Real said...

I don't think I would enjoy that ritual very much (if I was on the receiving end, I wouldn't mind do the tormenting). That statue is pretty cool.

Be nice to tiffanie, she is a wonderful person.

michele said...

That was very interesting,
never heard that before.

Katy said...

Real - i will be nice to Tiffanie (because you asked so nicely)

Michelle - its funnnnnnn. Check out the link I just added.

Cherry! said...

I've never heard that story before. Very cool!

Katy said...

Its so much fun its a summer tradition

jin said...

I never heard the story either!
I checked out the link! LOL!
I agree with real...I'd love to be the tormenter not the tormentee...
Heehee!! :-)

Katy said...

I don't know why this is not known over here. It is fun to be tormented or be the tormentor.

Polyman2 said...

Wow cool,
Right out of
Jason and the Argenots.

Katy said...

Poly - thanks for stopping by