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Carnevale: Pleasure & Spiritual Power
By: Dominique Rising
Stepping into the fantastic world of anonymity and decadence was as simple as donning a mask and dressing in costume in 12th century Italy. The Venetian Carnevale is largely credited for the spread of this tradition of unbridled merrymaking to other nations of the Christendom such as Spain, France & Portugal. Anticipating the season of Lent where one would have to abstain from meat, people would eat as much as they could beforehand to prevent waste. The feasting was accompanied with heavy drinking, dancing, and other forms of socializing. Many of the rich and powerful took advantage of the mask wearing tradition in order to carry out business they would rather keep out of the public eye. It was a time to freely interact with people of any social class, sometimes more intimately than would have been allowed out-of-season.