Sunday, July 1, 2012

Religion & Weather in Rome

Italy is a predominately a Roman Catholic country with 97.67% baptized as Catholic's. Today, you may find  minorities of Muslim (immigrants) and Jews with very few Christian Protestants due to a history of persecution and intolerance that has continued until modern times. The Catholic Church was the State Church until it was dis-enfranchised with the 1948 Constitution, then definitely with the 1984 revision of the Lateran Treaty. In Italy in 2006 there were 53 million of Christians (all denominations), 4 million Atheists and Agnostics, 1,210,00 Muslims, 160,000 Buddhists, 115,000 Hinduists, 70,000 Sikhs, 45,000 Hebrews, 15,000 Pagans.

What do the 15,000 Pagans worship, especially with the Vatican right around the corner? The Religion Romona is the per-Christian religion of Rome. Sometimes called "Roman Paganism", the modern practice of the Religion Ramona is an attempt to reconstruct the ancient faith of Rome as closely as possible, making as few concessions to modern sensibilities as possible. As with other forms of historical re-constructionist paganism, every attempt is made to rely on actual historical and archaeological evidence, and interpolations are made only when the primary sources are silent, and then we strive to be consistent with them.
The Religion Ramona began as the simple earth-based faith of the farmers of the village of Rome. Influenced by their Etruscan (and later Greek) neighbors, the Romans developed a complex State Religion that emphasized duty to the Gods (pietas) and serving them through exactly prescribed rituals.

Rome's mild climate makes it popular to visit year-round; however, spring and autumn are without doubt the best times to visit, with generally sunny skies and mild temperatures (although late autumn, November, can be rainy).
Unfortunately, these times are also the peak tourist season, when the tour buses pour in and tourists are herded around like cattle. July and August are unpleasantly hot, and Romans traditionally desert the stiflingly hot city in August, with many businesses closing; try to avoid visiting at this time. From December to February there is briskly cold weather, although it's rarely grey and gloomy.

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