This name was given to a procession of
barefooted matrons, as an obsecratio,
of great drought, “cum stupet coelum et aret annus” (Tertull.
40; cf. Petron.
44). The magistrates laid aside their
insignia, the fasces were reversed, and a sacrifice was offered at the
temple of Jupiter, the pontifices bearing at the head of the procession a
sacred stone called the lapis Manalis,
temple of Mars outside the Porta Capena. (Non. p. 547; Fest. pp. 2, 128;