from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Roman antiquity, a festival of which the object was to invoke the favor of the gods toward the fertility of the fields.
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And except in the country districts these ceremonies were more and more absorbed, as time went on, into the social, military, and political life of the community, as _e. g._ the lustration of the host became a political census; or they tended to disappear altogether, like the _ambarvalia_ and perhaps the _amburbium_.
_ambarvalia_, must mean a rite of this processional kind.
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