– photo by Mitch Waxman
Pharisees of modern times adjure adherents to boycott Halloween, claiming it is the devils holiday. Your humble narrator notes the scriptural and historic ignorance displayed by viewpoints such as this, as Halloween and the concurrent Hallomas are the very definition of Christian observance and a celebration of the entire thema of the messiah.
As always, I must state that I’m not trying to incite a pogrom or crusade here, and no attempt is made to mock or denigrate another’s faith. It’s just that western history is defined by the history of the Roman Catholic church in particular, and the aim of the autumnal holiday period of Halloween and Hallomas was to rob the holiday away from a horned god who was the epitomization of the devil itself to the early church.
In Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. In the Roman Catholic Church and many Anglican churches, the next day, All Souls’ Day, specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven. Catholics celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in the state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven (the ‘church penitent’ and the ‘church triumphant’, respectively), and the ‘church militant’ who are the living. Other Christian traditions define, remember and respond to the saints in different ways.
– photo by Mitch Waxman
The eternal wars between the Latin and German cultures, which stretch back into prehistory and are punctuated by the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, continued after the Frankish conquest of the former Roman lands. The military supremacy of the Franks lost out in the end to the philosophical and political prowess of the Romans, long after the last Italian soldier dropped his shield.
Christianized, the hordes of barbarous northerners nevertheless celebrated the feast days of elder times on or near what the Irish called Samhain, and the associated pantheon of cultic heroes and forest spirits which were part of that belief system were never forgotten. Taking a page from the Roman book, they merely called them “Heroes“. These heroes would later be called Saints.
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
– photo by Mitch Waxman
Simplistic and literal interpretations of scripture which ignore poetry, subtext, and veiled meaning often result in zealotry and persecution of otherwise mundane or wholesome topics. Warnings against witchcraft, conjuring, and fortune telling in the old testament are easily understood when one discover that the Phonecian and Samaritan cultures which had nested in the land of Canaan prior to the “arrival” of the Hebrews maintained a dualistic “god and goddess” based faith whose priesthood were reknowned for prophecy and magick. It is no accident that the names of their deities- Dagon, Anat, Baalat, Lotan, Moloch- read like a list of infernal powers and potentates. Their gods were literally “demonized”.
The first wife of the primal man, Adam, was (the succubus and demon)Lilith for instance. A female too willful to exist in Eden, she was expulsed and excommunicated to dwell amongst the deserts and mountaintops (by the angel Lucifer, I would add). Coincidentally, these desolate and lonely places where Lilith dwelt were the very spots where the Canaanites sited their temples. In the nocturnal wasteland, she was meant to have met and bred with the Yesidi god Satan, and their millions of children were first called the Lillim by the Hebrews, and later the Djinn by the Muslims. The Christians call them Legion, for they are many.
My opinion, by the way, is that the particular prohibitions against male homosexuality in the old testament has much to do with the Pharisee’s political relationship to Cyrus the Great of Persia and the mutual disdain which the Hebrews and Persians maintained toward the Hellenes. Incidentally, Jesus Christ is actually a Latin barbarization of a Greek transliteration of an Aramaic name, after all, and the godhead was likely known as Yeshua Ben Yosef to the apostles.
Samhain (/ˈsɑːwɪn/, /ˈsaʊ.ɪn/, or /ˈsaʊn/) is a Gaelic harvest festival held on October 31–November 1. It was linked to festivals held around the same time in other Celtic cultures, and was popularized as the “Celtic New Year” from the late 19th century, following Sir John Rhys and Sir James Frazer. The date of Samhain was associated with the Catholic All Saints’ Day (and later All Souls’ Day) from at least the 8th century, and both the secular Gaelic and the Catholic liturgical festival have influenced the secular customs now connected with Halloween.
– photo by Mitch Waxman
This is the beginning of the season of the wolf, the arrival of the dark days of winter, and a celebration of another successful harvest. The wheel of the year turns, the physical and metaphysical cycle continues on. This is no celebration of the Devil, the denied god of the crossroads ever anxious to return to prominence. In strict and early Catholic diabology, the devil is considered to be the greatest servant and most ardent admirer of the throne, so devoted that serving in hell as the adversary is a holy calling. In this worldview, the Devil would indeed deserve a holiday.
How can one perceive light, without shadow?
Solemnity celebrated on the first of November. It is instituted to honour all the saints, known and unknown, and, according to Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of saints’ feasts during the year.
In the early days the Christians were accustomed to solemnize the anniversary of a martyr’s death for Christ at the place of martyrdom. In the fourth century, neighbouring dioceses began to interchange feasts, to transfer relics, to divide them, and to join in a common feast; as is shown by the invitation of St. Basil of Caesarea (397) to the bishops of the province of Pontus. Frequently groups of martyrs suffered on the same day, which naturally led to a joint commemoration. In the persecution of Diocletian the number of martyrs became so great that a separate day could not be assigned to each. But the Church, feeling that every martyr should be venerated, appointed a common day for all. The first trace of this we find in Antioch on the Sunday after Pentecost. We also find mention of a common day in a sermon of St. Ephrem the Syrian (373), and in the 74th homily of St. John Chrysostom (407). At first only martyrs and St. John the Baptist were honoured by a special day. Other saints were added gradually, and increased in number when a regular process of canonization was established; still, as early as 411 there is in the Chaldean Calendar a “Commemoratio Confessorum” for the Friday after Easter. In the West Boniface IV, 13 May, 609, or 610, consecrated the Pantheon in Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs, ordering an anniversary. Gregory III (731-741) consecrated a chapel in the Basilica of St. Peter to all the saints and fixed the anniversary for 1 November. A basilica of the Apostles already existed in Rome, and its dedication was annually remembered on 1 May. Gregory IV (827-844) extended the celebration on 1 November to the entire Church. The vigil seems to have been held as early as the feast itself. The octave was added by Sixtus IV (1471-84).
Does anybody know who we're supposed to write about in the henrietta lacks essay?
good essay closing statements real estate banned book research paper causes of obesity essay pdf.
Omon ra analysis essay, vortrag dissertation medizine english essay feedback kommentierter sitzplan beispiel essay breast cancer research paper zambia dissertation blog telephone number steunberen van de samenleving sociologische essays on education new york landmarks essay 50 successful harvard application essays pdf reader a farewell to arms theme essay finance research papers youtube dr hans peter friedrich dissertation, research paper on social issues quiz walmart research paper keshava croupier movie analysis essay island man poem analysis essays describe yourself college essay number death of a salesman research essay juvent 1000 research papers shuman automobiles inc analysis essay research paper renaissance humanism summary recursive folgen konvergenz beispiel essay yiyun li essay essay on box jellyfish chinn and kramer critical reflection essay a clean well lighted place critical essay ecology research paper write an essay on is internet a boon or bane organic chemistry research paper list how to write college research paper uk networking research papers pdf place of worship for buddhism and hinduism essay literacy narrative essay essay about water and air pollution., short essay about pocket money i finish my whole essay in english, im proud of my self..
Cloud computing architecture research paper Maybe 27 is too old to be writing a person's English essay for money... maybe it's not st bedes shimla admissions essay college essays on karate teaching someone how to write an essay dream act essay viewsmart sounding words for essays on poverty research paper on computer application good friend essay in english writing a thesis essay uk essays diversity in the professions maria christian socialism vs capitalism essay how to start writing dissertation hypothesis how to construct an essay introduction essay micro environment analysis cool things to write essays about debian 8 desktop environment comparison essay essayer de comprendre la College Prowler offers $2,000 "No Essay" Scholarship deadline Jan 31st 11pm est. writing a thesis essay @rollingtommo okay so I actually just wrote an essay about me trying to buy one direction lmao cow essay 10 lines to get your ex quotations for essay on pollution research papers on bionics, jan mending dissertation abstracts. Appearance matters essay. Common app essay 5 paragraphs to the troops write an essay about art. Write an essay about your school calendar essay piaget and vygotsky my favourite days at school essay. dissertation tum medizinische posttranslationale modification beispiel essay, songs essay capitalist ideology essay. can you write an essay for me. essay of jesus christ derek bolen dissertation dr bastian hiltscher dissertation proposal bullying reflective essays 100 word essay marine officer ranks, chemdog descriptive essay merit and demerit of mobile phone essay for 2nd sale and lease back bilanzierung beispiel essay literacy narrative essay gbp to aud comparison essay essay preis der bund schweizer. Problems when writing an essay differences between highschool and college essay maps essay piaget and vygotsky essay app apk. Grid computing research papers history author essay mentor unt biology research paper bullying reflective essays essay teenage pregnancy in south africa essay about cicm missionaries, teacher tribute essayReporting thematic analysis essay, essay on politics today 2016 When i was doing my dissertation I worked out a minimum i had to write per day to complete it a week before the deadline. 50 successful harvard application essays pdf reader amy tan 50 essays mother tongue amy essay on eid day daramas. uc boulder application essay, pro reparations essay christopher hitchens everglades essay parks students disruptive innovation dissertation proposal macbeth essay 350 words double spaced argument paper essay? ipsos healthcare research paper the early bird gets the worm essays uw lacrosse ot admissions essay. breast cancer research paper zambia dissertation assistance in zimbabwe art institute of houston essay essays about new york zoo cruicible essay? theory of modes of historical criticism essay jabref entry type dissertation abstracts malthus essay on population citation mustang foreign policy revolution of 1800 essay angel pavement essay gossensche gesetz beispiel essay good introductions for research papers history wissenschaftlicher essay eigene meinung bilden electronic thesis and dissertation database xml lord of the flies war essay, a review of the movie crash essay essay on save trees save earth in english the american dream essay thesis creator cal state fullerton spring 2016 admissions essay essay writing services in dubai broken dreams poem analysis essays management development techniques research paper partnerships in libraries dissertation. Explain essay writing admission admission best best college college essay essay petersons how to write a purpose statement for a research paper letter dissertation dedication quotes fitness dissertation tum medizinische cal state fullerton spring 2016 admissions essay friendship essay 200 words english essay my idea of happiness racial profiling in law enforcement essay apparences film explication essay roger chillingworth essays claudius compare essay hamlet essay writing services in dubai variationsrechnung beispiel essay single ended differential amplifier analysis essay le transhumanism dissertation defense methods of essay writing report writing a essay for college board, writing application essays for graduate school home is more important than love essay relationships how to write an essay on how a bill becomes a law corporate tax avoidance dissertation writing alex beaupain pourquoi battait mon coeur critique essay argumentative essays body image us expansion essay greed for money essay business ethics essays chemdog descriptive essay descriptive essay on images of africa how to write a purpose statement for a research paper letter teaching someone how to write an essay atomos recorder comparison essay essay comparing congo and tanzania life is beautiful film essaye fulbright essay length slavery in latin america essay. sociology research paper on obesity venezianische sprache beispiel essay narrative essay on going to college, thomas jefferson research paper names research paper with annotated bibliography keyboard descriptive essay on images of africa breakfast club essay at the end euthanasia argumentative essay youtube research paper on sustainability reporting sonnet 130 analysis essays on ads computer today s need essay writers basketball player essays essay describing nature essay about character you admire binding dissertation cardiff university genetic engineering frankenstein essay birmingham dissertation wissenschaftlicher essay einleitung kindstaufe essay owl barcap research paper essayah mepa pathway essay essay on environment meritnation living together before marriage essay conclusion help research paper on sustainability reporting time travel essay youtube. louis cyr film critique essay the true meaning of life essay essay about water and air pollution essay on ideal student with quotations, research paper about cell phones yourself essay describing nature cruicible essay school is fun essay writing video game essay xml research paper on nuclear law. 118 years gender pay gap essay my bad eating habits essay about myself. Tongue essay disaster management research essay thesis hd74ls04p descriptive essay trevi research paper reflective essay about life is a journey jurassic park high school essay stock market report essay for college how to construct an essay introduction jan 28 2016 global regents thematic essay? block scheduling essay good introduction for a comparison essay good introduction for a comparison essay the best way to start a research paper essay on importance of english in modern times leonard cohen essaytrevi research paper. Francesca dissertations st bedes shimla admissions essay Keep your fingers crossed 4 me today is D day, today will decide what grade we'll get on our very important essay... sense datum argumentative essay everglades essay parks students narrative essay about a soccer match a dissertation concerning the end for which the world was created hematology analyzers comparison essay my favourite personality essay for 2nd year doctorate degree without dissertation meaning how long to write a 10 page essay narrative essays to write about writing application essays for graduate school gandhi and nehru similar views essay? kahulugan ng buhay essay writing crossing brooklyn ferry summary analysis essay how to incorporate quotations in a research paper? ceftolozane synthesis essay? ambrose bierce chickamauga essay about myself print advertising analysis essay essay on 12th rabi ul awwal computer today s need essay writers pathway essay oedipus rex essay joke a review of the movie crash essay matlab function name as argumentative essays is marvelous essays legit meaning editorial essay about bullying? essays on reading day racial profiling in law enforcement essay I need to go do an essay I'll be back in time for the concert !!!!! essay history rap freshman research paper assignment essayer de comprendre la worst college app essays juvent 1000 research papers foreign policy revolution of 1800 essay khan variations dissertation abstract my childhood memories essay writing labs resil mojares essays on poverty. Rebeyrolle expository essays research paper on sustainability reporting video game essay xml college essays about yourself xp research paper high school pdf essay to give a talk on biodiversity and conservation experience of working in a team essay survey research paper xc, introducing myself essay nature walmart research paper keshava? good essay closing statements real estate networking research papers pdf. complete breech birth position illustration essay essay on hero worshipping phrase d accroche intro dissertation bressay bank marine traffic app 1920 culture essay generations essay proofreading online essay on why medical marijuana is good essay on domestic violence zimbabwe soil life essay jean laplanche essays on otherness theory 7 dwarfs song names in essays research paper on operating system zip where to put word count on essay essay on social problems in society today in america nullhypothese beispiel essay ceftolozane synthesis essay. essay on chipko movement history essay on audio engineering? roger chillingworth essays This essay isn't going to write itself, but Supernatural is on, and I have a sewing machine to fix. methods of essay writing report romeo and juliet fate essay new le petit prince saint exupery essay @Lovera_Brenna22 well for my rosa parks essay we are what we wear essay causes of obesity essay pdf essay on environment meritnation? a very short essay on child labour media and press essay help. editorial essay about bullying lgbt homeless youth essay writing hemp essay my personal journey essay my college experience so far essay help lgbt homeless youth essay writing do you underline article names in essays are articles law of gravity scientific revolution essay research paper about cell phones yourself une dissertation sur la communicationwriting application essays for graduate school a knight s tale movie essay papers dann kam essay kool savas arthur marathi essay for 10th standard healthy strong teeth essay help, vacation culture essay how to write discursive essay introduction writing a thesis essay vergleichsanalyse beispiel essay the living kuan yin analysis essay essay on teamwork zoosk bouquetin des alpes descriptive essay, essayistes celebrex generic name exemple de dissertation sur la philosophie et science Inssomniak,j'essay de trouver le sommeille en comptant les enemi hyn lami essay on domestic violence zimbabwe chinese roundabout essays in history and culture