- Holidays and Celebrations
The REAL Origins of Halloweén
Is It Trick Or Treat, Or is The Treat A Trick?
What a lovely, innocent picture, above of young girls bobbing for apples as l did as a child.Don´t think l ever had one of those nightdresses, though.
Today most children prefer to dress up and go from house to house asking´´´Trick or treat´´
It´s a fun night for them with lots of sweets and other goodies.
But what about The Other Side of Hallowe én?? The true Origins of the night?
Far from being just a bit of fun, to 4 different groups of people in our day, there is a much more serious side to the evening.
The 4 being,....... Druids, Satanists. Christian churches and Witches.
Christian Churches surprise me the most. They´ve had the bible for a very long time now, and this is the first time l´veheard of any churches putting on alternative entertainment for the youth of their Parish on Halloween. Suddenly they´ve noticed 2nd Corinthians chptr 6 vs 14 telling Christians to separate from, , not tolerate paganism. Or maybe they´ve just noticed 2nd Timothy chptr 1 vs 7 ´´ have the spirit of love not fear´´
Dave Stillwell (Ex witch and coven member) has spoken in a recorded interview in 1993.
He called Halloween the Highest Satanic Festival of The Year. (l always thought it was the 2nd highest, with Walpurgisnacht being the 1st. but l´m not going to argue with an ex witch)
Mr. Stillwell went on to say that the ´31st of October is the night when all the forces of darkness empower every witch and Satanist for the coming year´´.
It seems it really is a high Satanic festival despite the fact that most of us accept it as a fun night for trick or treat, bobbing for apples, and generally having a party.
After all. Who can resist ´´dressing up?´´
If the Witches and satanists are to be believed, there are a lot more gruesome happenings going on underneath our frivolous festivities.
Witches don´t always agree that they are also Satanists, however, for those who practice WICCA this is the main holiday of the year.!! A night for rituals, casting spells, and dancing around bonfires to celebrate the change of seasons.
The Druids were a priestly class of the ancient Celts.These particular celts worshipped more than 400 Deities. Samhain was the start of the Winter Festival, when the Lord of the Dead was worshipped on.... yes.. of course....31st of October.
Their New Year began on November 1st. Their festivities included Human sacrifice. Just a common feature of this great festival. ( Think l´ll give this one a miss too.)
The Celts believed that Sanhain was a day when the barriers between the spirit world and the living humanworld, came down.! People wore grotesque masks while dancing around their bonfires. Some say the masks were worn to fool the ghosts into thinking ´Ah! they´re one of us´..
The 1973 John Hardy movie, ´The Wicker Man´(that l wish l hadn't watched) was apparently very accurate according some Druids who saw the film. The only thing they took issue with was the part where the village policeman became their human sacrifice........
Well, l guess, it would be a bit of ´Bad Press´for them .Not good on the recruiting ads for Druids.
While l was researching for this hub and giggling occasionally at what l found ..... one Internet site left me cold....!!
It was advertising the 2011 Brotherhood of Satan, Samhain High Sabbat
Dark Arts Festival,
Conveniently from Thursday October 27th until Tuesday November 1st.
l wonder if they shout Happy New Year on November 1st.?? The site doesn't mention that but it does tell you that you can enjoy Black Mass among other celebrations. Camping and other convenient accommodation is nearby., for the Grand Sabbat Festival. (In Ohio!!!??)
Think l may stay home and watch a cartoon film that night. Brrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!