Origins Of Halloween Essay

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Origins of Halloween The Celts would also dress up as ghoulish spirits so the real spirits would think they were already possessed (explains the creepy costumes of today). They also hoped, being the world’s doors were open, that other worldly gods would be let in and the Druids (high priests of gods) would be fulfilled with predictions of the future [History Ancient Origins]. Bonfires, coming from the word Bone-Fire [Merriam-Webster Online], are still a custom of Halloween and summer’s end. Today we gather around bonfires during festivities or celebrations. As the history is told, the Celtics lit bonfires to make the village unwelcoming to spirits. History also tells that the Druids sacrificed crops and animals to the gods and sacrificed humans or persons thought to be already possessed by the evil spirits in these bonfires [History Ancient Origins]. The converted pagans are said to have reused these Celtic sites to burn and mutilate statues of other gods, but the evidence is shaky [Roud and Simpson, paganism]. Sanhaim dates back to 5th Century B.C. Mythology and Astrology is a major beginning for all religions. Most everything dates back to Mythology and Astrology where people honored gods and goddesses. Today, we still have the zodiac, horoscopes, farmer’s almanac, superstitions, good luck charms, etc. Some people fear the supernatural such as ghosts and paranormal, not because of religious reasons, but because of the unknown. Sanhaim and Halloween do not worship evil spirits; it is a ritual to scare them away. These superstitions are not religious specific; they are “secular.” Secular means not religious. However, there are still arguments alive over the distinction between the festivals of Sanhaim and Halloween being evil. References Bonfire. (2009). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved April 7, 2009, from

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