Synopses & Reviews
Year after year, many of us continue to perform holiday rituals with little or no understanding of what they mean or what purpose they serve. A part of us yearns to understand how and why these special days originated. Why does Groundhog Day exist and what does it have to do with the Virgin Mary and menstruation? What does May Day have to do with a celebration of human sexuality and Roman prostitutes? Where did Valentine's Day come from did the greeting card, chocolate, and florist companies create it, or is there something original, pure, and maybe even carnal about it?
Author Gabriella Kalapos digs through mythology, history, politics, and psychology to discover the elusive origins and meanings of many of our favorite celebrations. She connects them to the cycles of nature and the human psyche, and reveals how these holidays have been changed and manipulated over time to serve certain religious, political, and commercial causes. Finally, Fertility Goddesses, Groundhog Bellies & the Coca-Cola Company allows us to reclaim the meaning of our rituals and to celebrate in ways that will enrich our everyday lives.
The divine. The banal. The commercial. What holidays are all about.
About the Author
Gabriella Kalapos has been an environmental writer, organizer, and teacher for the last fifteen years. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.