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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pagan Ritual Alive And Well On Halloween

Perhaps "Happy New Year" ought to replace "trick or treat" as the token phrase for Oct. 31.

After all, it is Samhain, the Celtic new year, which lives on today both through neopagan ritual and, well, trick-or-treating.

Halloween, though now considered a secular holiday, owes its origins to the centuries-old ritual where Celts left food offerings to their ancestors and wore masks to mimic and please the spirits, according to pagan lore.

As 29-year-old Laura Wilson puts it, Samhain occurs "when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is the thinnest. It's the time that having an interaction with the other world is easiest." Full Story

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