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Old 10.12.2010, 02:08 PM   #28
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I was looking into the etymology of carnival today. I had assumed it was etymologically linked to 'carnal'; which it is, but not in the way I expected. The 'Carn' is the same as Italian's 'carne', meat or flesh; Carn- eval (from levare, 'to raise') was the period of merriment before lent - and given that some meats were often not consumed during lent, I'd assume it's a festival involving meat-eating. So I suppose you could say there's an element of the indulgence before the penitential purging to ICP. I'd highly doubt they're aware of that sort of thing, but it's always interesting to impose these sorts of narratives on things, no?
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