Legendary kings were slain at Samhain, monstrous birds released, sacrifices made, great loves consummated.Early historical references (as opposed to mythological) report the slaying of livestock and an opening-of-winter feast.These Halloweens meant something; they held a place in the year for magic, for mourning, for first love, for fear.
Legendary kings were slain at Samhain, monstrous birds released, sacrifices made, great loves consummated.
This is a happy holiday (even though it celebrates death).
It is the day that some believed the souls of dead people come back to Earth.
On this night, it can be broached, or we, if we’re willing, can imagine it.
Samhain Samhain (pronounced sow-en, with “sow” rhyming with “cow), or “summer’s end,” was marked by Celtic peoples in northwestern Europe at least since early medieval times, and likely before.
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For permission to reprint please write [email protected] first Halloweens were tied to the quickening dark, to seasonal change, to death, to the movement of mythical beings—fairies, witches, dead souls—through the night.Remember this feeling for future descriptions in scary Halloween stories. Wide open eyes, uneven breath, raised eyebrows, rapid pulse, etc.Please note: You are welcome to link to this article or reproduce it for your own private use.Children wear costumes and go to people's homes saying "Trick or treat!" to ask for candy (sweets in the UK) and people give it to them.This covers the three days – October 31 (All-Hallows Eve or Hallowe'en), November 1 (All Saints) and November 2 (All Souls).All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, and pagan roots.Halloween was once imagined as a rift in reality where time slipped by without the traveler knowing he’d gone missing. There was fear, yes, but it was fear of loss—of children and family, of land, crops, and place.This night wasn’t about violence, but rather about the unquiet of guilt, anticipation of the unknown, of facing the consequences of meddling with things you couldn’t—or shouldn’t—control.We hear much of Samhain in Irish sagas recorded by monks between the 9th and 12th centuries (stories that supposedly occurred many years before)--it was a magical time for the mythical peoples of ancient Ireland.Tribes gathered at the central seats of Ireland: at Tara, warriors convened to fend off annual attacks from the Otherworld.