Fertile Frenzy

Midsummer was celebrated today, a day when the whole of Sweden grinds to a halt and gathers in fields to partake in a series of ancient and slightly baffling rituals.

Midsummer is a special holiday in that it in no way pretends to have anything to do with God, or Jesus rising from the dead or buying his ticket into heaven, or Mary assuming something or other, or getting God’s sperm magically injected into her, or anything like that. No, midsummer was never hijacked by the church, and remains a holiday of the old school, which means 3 things: drink, booze and shagging.

How nice it is to have a guilt-free holiday! In Ireland, practically every holiday is tinged with guilt and religon – and in fact the very word “holiday” in English comes from “Holy Day” – a useful fact for the Swedish readers!

But this day is completely and absolutely pagan – in fact, it is a fertility festival. The act of shagging is celebrated by erecting a large phallus with two testicles hanging from it, under which every body dances themselves into a frenzy.

You think I’m joking, don’t you…? Well, take a look at this then, a fresh pic from today’s tomfoolery:

midsummer

Like I said – a great big dick with two nice balls hanging from it. And after we have properly paid tribute to the Gods of Dick and Bollox, we then proceed to a more traditional Swedish celebration, consisting of stuffing ourselves with various types of fish and potatoes and drinking snaps until we slide quietly under the table.

Nice to see pagan rituals are still being given the attention they deserve. All I’m waiting for now is when they turn Christmas back into the midwinter festival, and drop all the stuff about babies being born in stables and wise men bringing gold and stuff which is apparently lost at the racetrack because it is never mentioned any more.

More of that old-fashioned pagan yuletide, thank you very much!

/ paddy

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4 thoughts on “Fertile Frenzy

  1. Dear Paddy

    As a Swede I must object to your conclusions about the maypole (majstang). I agree it is a 100% pagan ritual – and it is fertility festival – and the pole is indeed phallic. But I must say that you got the rings wrong …

    Before Christianity came to Sweden it used to be just one ring — and it used to hang from the top. The phallic pole went just right through it as seen at for example http://www.hedenskabet.dk/Hedenskabet/billederdiverse/miaild.jpg. (At some areas in Dalarna, Sweden you can still experience the service in its right form and shape)

    Christianity has not managed to get rid of this ritual – just alter the shape of the “big dick”. Christianity changed it to the cross of Jesus. And to make it easier for the Swedes to accept the ring was kept and turned into two and hung them on the arms of the cross.

    The two balls are not balls (though it perhaps can look as if they were). It is two great vaginas. (-:

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