Every year on the 7 June the Ludi Piscatorii, the fishermen's games, took place in Rome. During these celebrations, the fishermen posted themselves on the bank of the Tiber located on the side of the field of March, outside the ancient walls of the city, and took fish from the river using nets and fishing rods.
According to the authors, this festival took place in honor of the deified Tiber or of Vulcan. In the latter case, the fish were sacrificed alive in the flames of the sanctuary of the god Vulcan, patron of the forge and of fire in his omnipotence.
Various interpretations see this sacrifice as a substitution for a human sacrifice, an assimilation between the deified Tiber and Vulcan or even a connection with the two elements symbolically at the origin of life, as indicated in particular by the author Varro: “Fire and water are therefore the two causes of birth: this is why they are placed on the threshold of newlyweds as a symbol of union. »
Vulcan commanded the ravaging fire, in opposition to the peaceful fire of the hearth of the goddess Vesta. But the spark of Vulcan also initiates life. As for the fact that he was offered fish, this sacrifice retains all its mystery to this day.
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