Halloween means Hallow Eve, the day before All Saints Day.

An older definition of Halloween dating back to the early days of Christianity means Hallow Eve, the day before All Saints Day. November 1st. When exactly did it turn into as we know it today? I haven’t been able to find an exact year or date but I did find it was considered a day that retaliation for a wrong committed should be issue and in some cultures it’s called the day of the dead.

But the Day of the Dead didn’t mean nearly two years ago what it means today. It means a celebration of the day Jesus died and freed mankind from the penalty of a spiritual death. Blood supposedly ran from Mt Calvary to the local graveyard on the rain and when it reached the graveyard the dead got up whole; not looking as those in zombie movies. They looked the same as looked when they were alive. They went unto their families. It happened not only in Jerusalem but apparently all over the world for so many different cultures to celebrate it. There were no CNN back then to broadcast the dead was up and walking about.

(I think I would’ve left that Jesus guy alone after all that.)

Real anthropologists take events without bias and inserting their personal belief into them and compare them for evident they may have some truth.

Anthropologists haven’t figured what happened to caused this to be a world-wide celebration.

I am aware it’s widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain and Brythonic festival Calan Gaeaf: that such festivals may have had pagan roots; and that Samhain itself was Christianized as Halloween by the early Church to combat the fact people were being offered to the local gods and goddesses.

I haven’t found it to be solely of ancient Celtic, Saxon, nor Wessex origin. Many ancient cultures celebrated the end of the harvest season. But did not all killed anyone and eat them.

Some of the early customs and practices celebrating this day was down right gruesome, deadly, and involved cannibalism. I presume the Romans forced them to stopped this practice because they were killing people who could be paying taxes the next season saying: “Hey man! You who putting those people in that cage…What do you think you’re doing?”

“Making an offering to Samhain for the abundant crops this years.”

“Samhain didn’t do anything. You did all the work. You’re going to stop because you’re burning tax money! Stop that crap this instant!”

But it resumed after Roman occupation.

Yes, some ancient customs and festivals were scarier than any ghoul or ghost.

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A. White, a former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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4 Responses to Halloween means Hallow Eve, the day before All Saints Day.

  1. lula says:

    Alma, the internet is full of people who truly practice this stuff so be careful at what you write about them. They are nuts.

    Like

  2. Alisha says:

    I find it ironic people faint at the “F” word being used in literature but yet let their children celebrate an ancient pagan practice and custom where they used to kill, roast, and eat people and parade the skeleton around. Some parts of Britain still celebrate the “Burning Man” where as years ago there were people inside those damn things. Today, we’re still digging these victims out of these bogs.

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