Some Early Samhain Treats

The Holidays Journal (an AOL blog), tells us all about the history of Halloween amongst the ancient pagan Celts!

“The earliest celebrations of Halloween were among the Celtic people who lived in the areas which are now Great Britain and Northern France. The Celts were people who worshipped the beauty of nature. They worhsipped a Sun God and believed that without him, they would not live. They also worshipped Samhain who was the lord of the dead and of the cold, dark winter season. They believe that on October 31 Samhain would call together all of the dead and these souls would take on the shape of an animal. They believed that all creatures wandered the EARTH on that Night! this was called the VIGIL of SAMHAIN.”

That isn’t all! Wait till you get to the part about the Roman Catholics conquering the Celtic peoples! Humor value will depend on your toleration of insanely bad historical re-tellings. Meanwhile at the “JesusJesusJesus” blog (funny enough it is also an AOL blog) the author has an important message for us.

“Jesus Christ has never celbrated Halloween…Halloween, All saints day, All hallows eve or All souls day is a festival. It was held to honor the Samhain the so called ‘lord of death’.”

Of course Jesus never celebrated Easter, Christmas, or St. Patricks Day for that matter. But why quibble? Nice to see ‘Samhain the Lord of Death’ make a comeback (even the Catholics worship him now it seems). Finally a MSN blogger trys to ask Jesus to stop Samhain from coming!

“IN JESUS CHRIST HOLY NAME FATHER I BIND THE GATES OF HELL UPON THE EARTH & IN HEAVEN NOW & IN JESUS CHRIST HOLY NAME I LOCK THEM SHUT NOT TO EVER BE OPENED AGAIN ON HALLOWEEN OR AS CALLED BY WITCHES THE HOLIDAY Samhain. IN JESUS CHRIST HOLY NAME I BIND & CLOSE THE VEIL BETWEEN THE TWO WORLDS NOW & FORBID ANY SOUL TRAVELING TO BE ALLOWED OR TO FOR THE VEIL TO EVER BE OPENED AGAIN & I FORBID ANY AND ALL ALL SACRIFICES & ALL SATANIC OR WITCHCRAFT RITUALS FROM NOW THROUGH THE 10th OF NOV 2005…”

I wonder if Jesus listens better if you type in all caps? Maybe he should take a cue from this collection of indie-rockers who have banded together to stop Halloween (for a good cause though).

Tonight I’m doing a Samhain special on my radio show! It will be up for listening tomorrow. Just in time for the holidays!

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  • Miranda

    “IN JESUS CHRIST HOLY NAME I BIND & CLOSE THE VEIL BETWEEN THE TWO WORLDS NOW & FORBID ANY SOUL TRAVELING TO BE ALLOWED OR TO FOR THE VEIL TO EVER BE OPENED AGAIN”…which can only mean one thing: George Romero’s been right all along and the dead shall indeed walk the Earth (now having no other place to go, the veil having been closed by this all-powerful utter moron). Shall we send them all to this fruit loop’s house to ask why? ;)

  • Sojourner

    Wow! That person must think that they are beyond powerful to command that these things be forbidden because they don’t want it to happen. What seems to make it all okay is that it is being done in “Jesus’ name”. This “prayer” sounds disturbingly similar to the “spell” in the movie The Craft. (I bind thee, Nancy, from doing harm against yourself and harm against others, etc) LOL

  • Dan

    Speaking of Samhain, any one hear about Hugo Chavez’s latest paranoia? He says:Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has urged families in Venezuela not to mark Halloween, calling it a US custom alien to the South American nation, the BBC reported this weekend.“Families go and begin to disguise their children as witches. This is contrary to our way,” Mr Chavez said during his weekly radio and TV show. He also said Halloween was a “game of terror.”http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/10/30/184956.shtmlReally, this guy needs a sitcom.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that guy’s got a big ego, thinking he can forbid ALL witchraft rituals just by his own word. But in that case, why only until November 10? Why not FOREVER? Weird.I think it’s a shame that people are so down on Halloween, for whatever reason. When I was a kid I thought it was a hella fun holiday. Why spoil the kids’ fun? Buncha Scrooges.