Symbols of Samhain and Halloween – fire, the dead, lanterns, harvest

Crossing the Veil: The Pre-Christian Origins of Halloween and Samhain

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For Halloween, pumpkins are hollowed out, and spooky faces are carved into them, creating Jack-o'-lanterns. Candles are then lit inside the pumpkins, creating eerie lanterns, and serving as signals that a household observes Halloween. Pumpkins are frequently used today as they’re easier to carve and a symbol of harvest, but the original lanterns in Ireland and Scotland were carved from turnips. These turnip lanterns were used to frighten off evil spirits by guisers, and were a motif of the Irish Christian folk tale of Jack, a wandering soul, who was denied entry into both heaven and hell.

A traditional Irish turnip Jack-o'-lantern

A traditional Irish turnip Jack-o'-lantern from the early 20th century. ( Creative Commons )

Observing Halloween is not without controversy. Some religions discourage participation, suggesting that it trivializes Samhain, it has satanic associations, or it is inappropriate tribute to paganism or the occult. However, the modern practices heavily influenced by commercialization and popular culture differ appreciably from the ancient traditions of Samhain and All Hallows’ Eve. Still, the connection exists and the history is clear - when you light a Jack-o'-lantern and brighten the darkening season, you’re carrying on an age-old tradition that bridges cultures around the world and reaffirms our connection to our departed loved ones.

The History of Halloween. Source: halloweenexpress

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If you REALLY want to get deep on this information:
"The Babylonian Connection to Halloween"


ALL of the occult holidays and sabbats- many we know by other names (like Valentine's Day, Independence Day, Christmas, etc..)


What is it with the people posting nonsense in response to this article? That page you linked to has "insights" such as: "Deception is the stock and trade of Satan and his demonic forces. They have, over a period of time, lulled this world to sleep, thus setting it up for the ultimate deception – the Antichrist."

If it is 'nonsense' to you, that says more about you, friend than the material. Beware of illusions and deceptions.

I'm not sure why you are suggesting middle Eastern or Satanic links - Samhain had/nothing to do with either. It was a time of linkage to the dead. Funeral rites were often delayed until Samhain so the dead could properly be sent on their way. vistations by the dead were seen as warnings like those of na bhean sidhe. The nasty evil scary image of today is a modern twisting of an ancient festival seen as a most important timeof the year, signalling the start of winter - the first Official fire of the winter was lit and spread to the country form Teamhair na Rí, SO please don't mock people's customs by claiming they are associated with something they are not.

Another, more recent controversy regarding the celebration of Halloween comes from the political Left in the U.S., which views Halloween, erroneously, as a Christian celebration, and therefore it must be purged from public life in the name of "diversity"


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