This is very interesting! It reminds me of the tradition that led to the naming of our month February. The use of a a febrare, a whip made of goat or dog skin, I believe, was used to hit the women for the purpose of ensuring fertility and luck. It's funny because we have Valentine's Day, and I believe it's the same date as this feast that they would do the pagan parade. Valentine's is the vestigial remainder of the old festival after it was borrowed to encourage conversion to Christianity. I believe the old rite was devoted to Pan. It's been awhile since I read about it; need to fact check!
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