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Olympic Torch-Lighting Ceremony, Bizarre Pagan Ritual That Culminates In A Virgin Sacrifice Or Both?

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You be the judge. I’m not sure either way, but I have to admit I found myself a bit aroused while I contemplated it.

In any event, the Olympic Torch was lit in ceremony based deeply in tradition and reverence for times long past in Olympia, Greece, the place where the Olympic Games were founded when a bunch of naked Greek men wrestled with each other in a complete non-gay demonstration of athletic prowess and display of appreciation for the human form.

The drama, amid the ruins of the site of the ancient Olympic Games, was lit in the Temple of Hera by an actress playing a high priestess.

She said a prayer to Apollo, the Greek god of sun, asking him to “send your rays and light the sacred torch for the hospitable City of Vancouver.”

The prayer also asked Zeus to “give peace to all peoples on Earth and wreath the winners of the sacred race.”

Awesome. To me, that’s what the Olympics are all about – worshiping of ancient gods and goddesses featuring women wearing flowing white robes who may or may not be into orgies as long as it’s for the right reasons. But hey, I’m a traditionalist. Video of the entire ceremony can be found here.

The torch now makes a seven-day relay across Greece before it is handed over to officials of the Vancouver 2010 Games and flown over to Canada where will it will begin a 106-day journey across the country.

More photos of the ritual in all it’s erotic pagan sexiness and quotes after the jump.

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The following is the prayer intoned by the high priestess Maria Nafpliotou during the ceremony.

Apollo God of Sun and the idea of light send your rays and light the sacred torch for the hospitable city of Vancouver and you Zeus give peace to all peoples on earth and wreath the winners of the Sacred race.

I believe when this occurred in ancient times, this would be the moment when Zeus would appear to the high priestess as a white bull and seduce her that son of a Rhea!

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The flame has been lit! Now, if I had been at the ceremony, this would have been the time where I would have suggested that everybody drink some wine and start the sexy party. Bring on the virgins! Right? Right? No? Come on, high priestess, don’t be a prude. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for the Olympic spirit. Or for Apollo. Or for whatever.

Olympic flame officially lit in Greece [CTV Olympics/The Canadian Press]