Modern Myths and Urban Legends Part 1

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What is Halloween, Really? Read this if you want to know.

Submitted: March 21, 2007

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Submitted: March 21, 2007





OF all holidays, not surprisingly, Halloween is the lone event to inspire the morbid and macabre in all of us.

However, alot of folks think that the original origins of this paticular holiday stem from the tradition of handing out carmel apples and candy to cute little kids dressed up in creepy costumes. Not so.

  Halloween originated in Ireland centuries ago, as a holiday {or, if you will, a very sick celebration}, known as Samhain.

Samhain was a festival of the dead; the Druids of the old country believed that by sacrificing animals and children, they could keep away evil spirits. The hills would run red with blood every October 31st. The modern day custom of wearing masks and costumes stemmed from the Druid's custom of smearing their naked bodies with blood, and donning grisly, handmade masks fashioned from hollowed out pumpkins and animal skulls. They then would perform ritual dances around huge bonfires filled with the bruning remains of the sacrifical dead.

In other words, children are lucky to get candy instead instead of slit throats and eviscerations. We should count ourselves lucky times have changed.

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