When did Halloween Start - Pagan Festival Without Costumes not Nude

The Druids Be Blamed

All Halloweens early shenanagins again be directly related to the Irish, and to be more exact, The Druids. Yes it is indeed a fact, Halloween, that fun filled time of pumpkins and bags of goodies, bonfires and ghosties, and things that go bump in the night, again be laid on the very doorstep, of the Irish, but not just the Irish folk, no, this practice was an actual rite and ritual of the Druids, the priests of the old Irish. This was during the dark period before the Romans colonised the world.

So, you my good friends are actually celebrating this Halloween, are now taking part in rituals, that have been clouded in the very mists of time and antiquity, these rituals now have had urban legends and ghastly stories added and attached. This has only served to make the rituals more obscure and mysterious.

What is known, is that the druids, in avoiding suffering the same fate as all enimies of the Roman Empire, moved from one Sacred Place to another and took there lore and writings, moved across from Breton to Gaul and crossed the Engish Channel and rounded up their following from Stonehenge, Scotland Wales and Cornwell, crossed over to Ireland and spread themselves across the Emerald Isle, where they wandered and taught throughout the eons of time, to the present day, if the legends are to be believed.

The Pagan Festival of the Dead

Yes, Halloween, is most definatly a Pagan festival. It was Commandeered by the early Christians, around 843 ad, in order for them to actually be a part of the celebrations, yet using this guise for their own purposes.

It was a necessity for them to do this, in order for them to survive, else they would have been part of the pagan rituals in a very intimate way and ceased to exists, had this happened the Christian faith would have died long before 843AD, actually it would have ceased probably by about 40AD, when feeding the lions in the circus, with a Christians as well as perceived other enemies of the state, was the going entertainment and or practice, depending on how you see it.

Extract from Wikipedia

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Irish pronunciation: [ˈsˠaunʲ]; from the Old Irish samain).[1] The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes [2] regarded as the "Celtic New Year".[3] Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, where the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.[4][5]

Origins

The early Christians, having as I have already stated by necessity cloaked any of their celebrations which, was in all probability, one of those that paralled with one of their Roman gods festival, which in actual fact was an original druidic festival to celebrated the beginning of winter. It was a convenient 2 day and a night festivial.

All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day

This is what the the early Christians celebrated while pretending to observe the Roman equivelent.

All Saints Day

Is when all practicising Roman Catholic and Anglicans attend a special service in which the Litany of the Saints is proclaimed, it has a special order of service as well as a specific responses.

This includes all the Saints Martyrs and Prophets.

All Hallows Eve

Again a special church service with specific office and riuals, a time of reflection and penance.

All Souls Day

Again a special service to put to rest the souls of all of those people who have died since the previousyear. Again a specific order of service and rituals with their specific office.

This is an abbreviated or laymens overview of the service, as practised by the Christian faith.

As you can see the direct correlation between the two festivals, rites or whatever you want to call it. How neatly this dovetails the festivities of the Celtic New Year or Samhain!

The need and necessity for these festivities in early Roman Times

Like, what we as civilised man, would in reflection, view as another excuse for drunken wild debouchery, was a good way for the Powers that be to arrest, and eliminate all trouble makers, rabble roasers, as well as any other undesirables characters!

Stonehenge - Druidic Temple?

A bit of a SCREAM!

Some of the Down Sides of Halloween

This is also one of the Major Satan's Sabat and like all good satanists, they like there opposts, the Christians, too needed to cloakthere activities, as they were also targeted as lion food or javalin practice for the star Gladiators.

Human and Animal Sacrifices

On Halloween, for thousands of years, druid priests have supposedly conducted diabolical worship ceremonies in which cats, horses, sheep, oxen, human beings and other offerings were rounded up, stuffed into wicca cages and burned to death.

These human and animal sacrifices or offerings, were apparently required to appease Samhain and keep the spirits from harming them.

Trick or Treat

To obtain these sacrifices, druid priests would go from house to house asking for fatted calves, black sheep and human beings. Those who gave were promised prosperity, and those who refused to give were threatened and cursed. This is the origin of "trick or treat."

Jack-O-Lantern

The Jack-O-Lantern has its origin in the candle-lit pumpkin or skull, which served as a signal to mark those farms and homes that supported the druids' religion, and thus were seeking the "treat" when the terror of Halloween began.

Dance of Death

While people and animals were screaming in agony, being burnt to death, the druids and their followers would dress in costumes made of animal skins and heads.

They would dance, chant and jump through the flames in the hope of warding off evil spirits.

Is it not a way too have a bonfire and dance covort and partake in sexual congress without the iminent fear of arrest.

Have a Happy Halloween

Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat

Not Taking Part

South Africa, having been a strong Calvinistic ruled country for so long never really took up the practice of Trick or Treating type jollities involved in the celebration of Halloween.

How ever we do try and keep our poor cats under lock and key, especially the black ones!

So in prepartion for that festival, I do nothing!

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Comments 45 comments

Anitha1978 8 years ago

I have seen cute kids in movies going around trick or treat, but little did i guess there was a dark past to Holloween dating back centuries. I really was engrossed in your hub and thank you for pointing me to your hub in the forums thus answering my questions. I Googled as adviced by the other hubbers but by clicking on some sites only resulted in my mailbox getting spammed by Holloween offers. Thank you Rodney once again


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

My pleasure Anitha, it was a bit of a mystery to me and when I decide to try and write the hub, I did a bit of research and followed several links and even more links till i could actualy express my view of the event. Thanks for your comments


Anitha1978 8 years ago

Its me again Rodney.this is the fourth time im reading your hub.Were these human sacrifces  made in a major scale? i mean were they rounded up in dozens and burnt alive or one at a time? and usually who were these people they used? captured enemies or fellow villagemen?


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

I am equally unsure, how ever my guess would have to be lone people way laid on the road, a couple of villians or even arch enemies, kidnapped for that purpose. Another thought would also be the traditional sacrificial virgins, kept by the temples and covens awaiting the right moments and then sacrificed.


Anitha1978 8 years ago

Im still reading your hub and watching your videos. I never been engrossed in an article this much. The image of Holloween has changed so much. Not many would have guessed the horror that happened so long ago. Thank you so much for being patient with me and answering all my questions Rodney.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

It is only a pleasure, pleased to have you read and enjoy.


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LouiseKnittel 8 years ago from Ohio

Wow so many things that I did not know!


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

It is amazing, I too had not realised that it was ancient irish (druids) that actually was the start of it, I have several other hubs now brewing at the back of my mind from the research that was done for this hub. Thanks for the comments.


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Princessa 8 years ago from France

Hi, where's the hat?

I always celebrate on the 31st of October. We have a big, big party and celebrate halloween in the afternoon for the children and my husband's birthday and the pagan New year at night time. I love it!


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

I had to go without for now, a change is as good as a holiday Princessa. May you really enjoy and have a great treble ceabration, kids,hubby and PNYear, you can raise a glass for me as my birthday is on the 3rd November Thanks for the comments


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Excellent Hub and full of great information.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Thanks for dropping in Misty.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Misty, thanks for you comment.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

Great well researched hub. Missed out this weeks hubmob due to travelling and limited internet access. But as Schwarzenneger says " I vill bee Baack!"


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NYLady 8 years ago from White Plains, NY

Great hub, Rodney. Oh, those crazy Druids, Gaels, Roman Catholics and Anglicans! Very enlightening!


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Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

I love the history of Halloween!! Great hub! I also loved the videos of Freddy and Michael Meyers!!


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

wow I was under the impression it was a day to ward off all evil thoughts and celebrate with goodies and laughter...oh well my childish memories I guess...Now it doesn't seem so much fun...G-Ma :o) hugs


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Carlosweb 8 years ago from USA

Yes it is a Pagan festival and I don't like it and I am traing to not theach my sons about this.

Thank you for the information.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Sixty, Thanks for the comment, vhen you are bhak, you can catch up with the hub mubativity


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

NYLady, yep the world was, and is still crazy, mixed up and hiding behind cloaks, so others can hide behind theirs.

Thanks for the comments.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Anna Marie, glad you enjoyed the hub, what would Halloween be without the scream, Freddy and Michael also chills your blood.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

G-Ma, it is a bit frightening that what is being seen as a day of fun, actually holds a more sinister undertone.

It can still be fun if you celabrate it in the way that you grew up and were shown by your parents.

Keep those memories alive.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Carlos, thanks for your comments.


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birder 8 years ago from Alabama

Yes, Rodney Halloween has some pretty nasty rituals in its past and as part of its druid foundations. It is also as you have mentioned a Christian feast. All hallowed Even. (ing) And it heralds the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. It was on October 31, 1517 that Dr. Martin Luther, a priest, nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenburg Cathedral. That document formed the heart of reformation of the Roman Catholic Church...which would not be reformed. Consquently, in the years that followed, the Anglican Church of England and the Lutheran Church began the Protestant Reformation. SO Halloween is for many people a day remembered as a one of positive change within the Christian church, almost as a counterpoint to the dark images of the druid past.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Birder, thanks for that bit of not only the celibration but of the churc's history, I had overlooked that bit of Halloweens history, thanks to you for adding it via the comment section.


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reagu 8 years ago from Los Angeles

I wonder how closely tied the Celtic rituals were to the Mexican Dia De Los Muertos celebrated on November 1. The background story sounds the same.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Reagu, more than likely, as there was a lot of movement of the druidic celts throughout their reigh and history, and a great deal was never documented but told and passed on from one to the other by word of mouth. So I think that the day of the dead you are speaking about is of similar origin.

Thanks for sharing that


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Fun look at Halloween past and present.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Thanks SweetiePie, glad you enjoyed reading it.


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Great hub.  I actually knew this already - got a Wiccan in the family.  And, hold on to your candy! - many of our holidays - yes, including Christmas - are plagiarized pagan rituals.

Now we're all going to hell...


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Constant, yes I realised that 99% of our religous type holidays are pagan, what I have know discovered that the celts are older than antiquity, and all of those HP Lovecraft BOOKS WERE NOT FANTASIES, but realities.

Makes you think!


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Wouldn't surprise me in the least...


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Further research while undoubtedly be conducted, and will report them first on Hub pages.


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Kathy T 8 years ago from Boston, MA.

thanks you, there was alot in your article that i didnt know

I want to look into it more.. do u have any research ideas for me?


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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon

Yes, Halloween is very scary in some of it's history and traditions.

So, I love Halloween, my favorite holiday. But, I think it is more because of the fall, it's my favorite season. I love the colors and the leaves and the pumpkins and the apples and, and, and.... I mostly ignore the scary stuff and put a gourp of pumpkin people on my front porch and call it good.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

KatyT, a good place to start is Wikipedia, Halloween, then either follow all the links in blue that attract your attention, or look up Irish History, Roman History especially Julius Ceasar, who was the person that started to speak about the gals, celts etc. Also see Stonehenge.

Good googling. Thanks for the comment.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Karen, yes the winter harvest descends, and here in South Africa it is Spring, the rightas and start of new life.

One has to enjoy what we enjoy and feel good about it. Thanks for the comments.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

I don't really agree with your conflating Druids and the Irish - there were an awful lot of non-Irish Celts and Druids, in Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany, and other places too.


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

LondonGirl, of course there are a lot Celts Druids in all parts of Europe, including the Russian areas as well. The druids after leaving Britian, Brittany Cornwell etc did so ahead of the Roman army, they intigrated with the inhabitants of the various lands that they passed and the main core proceeded to keep their traditions alive by moving onwards and settling on foriegn shores. Their traditions and luangage remain behind as what we call today Celtic.

Thanks for the comment.


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

The irish tell me Halloween originated here, I did not believe them, not until I read your hub anyway....


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Ah, the truth, the truth is always out there.

Maybe the fun side, you know the commercialisation and scams the candy stores and all the other money making side of things, is over here, I assume you are talking Stateside, then yes it is. The religious and/or paganistic ritual and mystical magic etc., then that be Celtic.

Thanks for dropping by, \Brenda


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catrak 6 years ago from Brazil

Excellent Hub and full of great information.


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Just_Rodney 6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Catrak, glad that you enjoyed as much as I did when I researched it.

Thanks for your comment


gabriel 5 years ago

give me an answer now!


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Just_Rodney 5 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Gabriel, I can not, as I do not know what your question is, give you an answer. As to the now, I could not have as I was asleep, your comment came in just before midnighr, my time here.

Thanks for the comment.

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