Liturgy: Saturnalia Sigillaria

Di benedicaris vos.

The Sacra Flameno has created the second liturgy for the Sandum culture after the his program for leitourgíes in his capacity as Sôgmô. Of this liturgy, the Sacra Flameno has created a physical cultural piece of art: the sigillaria. Sigillaria are ancient Roman small earthenware figurines which were purchased during Saturnalia as one of the gifts one would give to others. These gifts would then be exchanged along with food gifts which the poet Martial wrote about. Some argue that the sigillaria were very ancient representations for sacrifice — so ancient that they eventually became obscure for this purpose.

For us Sandum People, the sigillaria are sigils of some sort of affection and love, as they would have been shared with members of the household. Of these symbols of love, the Sacra Flameno has made ones in the shapes of moons and stars, indicative of the holiday’s importance in light and the celestial heavens. Sigillaria were also made in the shape of a sun, an eagle, a snake, and a sickle for Chronos. The Sacra Flameno found this easy recipe for making a self-setting clay-like material made from corns starch and baking-soda from Etsy New York and used it in making this year’s Saturnalia sigillaria, which will be used and given for the Sôgmô’s Saturnalia dinner on XXIII Decembro (23 December). Below are pictures of the sigillaria produced for this year’s Saturnalia.

Making the baking soda and corn starch clay.

Making the baking soda and corn starch clay.

The clay has dried up into a thick, cohesive ball.

The clay has dried up into a thick, cohesive ball.

The sigillaria are done and dry!

The sigillaria are done and dry!

Happy Saturnalia!

Sacra Flameno

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