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!

Jason Pitzl-Waters

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