One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The family spirits of the dead in ancient Rome, considered frightening or troublesome, that must be exorcised or appeased through certain household rituals.
- ‘The lemures were propitiated during the nine-day Lemuria festival in May.’
- ‘Once the celebrant had come full circle, he would wash his hands thoroughly, then he would beat brass pans together, making as much noise as possible so as to bid the lemures good-bye.’
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