Pales, among the oldest deities of the Roman region, is extremely mysterious:
• ÖPales may be male.
• Pales may be female.
• Pales may even be both.
Ancient rumor whispers of a liaison between Pales and Vesta, who may not always have been so virginal. Pales may be the inspiration for the donkey-headed lover of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Pales provides fertility to people, land, and animals. Pales, a guardian of flocks, protects domestic animals. (Pales should not be confused with Pallas of Greek myth.)
Pales is usually envisioned in the form of a donkey.
Pales had a temple on Rome’s Palatine Hill.
21 April, Pales’ festival, the Parilia, coincides with the anniversary of the founding of Rome. Pales’ revelers jumped over a row of three burning piles of hay and were sprinkled with water from soaked bay laurel boughs. The Parilia was a raucous, rustic, beloved festival.
- Roman Mythology
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by :Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.