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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Samhain, All Hallows Eve, Halloween

Attitudes and beliefs about Halloween create a reaction from me ranging from a simple eye roll to downright anger at ignorance.
From the belief that Halloween is the Devil's Holiday and that witches worship him on that night to the almost as bad, the worship of the God of the Dead Sam Haine. First of all, witches don't worship the devil. Most of us don't even believe in the concept of Satan and Hell, so why would we worship something we don't even believe in? Secondly, there is no god of the dead named Sam Haine. The holiday is called Samhain, pronounced Sow-een, from which Halloween evolved. Samhain means "summer's end".
The name Halloween comes from All Hallow's Eve, which comes from:
1. regarded as holy; venerated; sacred: Hallowed be Thy name; the hallowed saints; our hallowed political institutions.
... he must take the patent leather from off his feet, for the ground on which he stands is hallowed ground.
-- Saki, The Unbearable Bassington, 1912
The church adopted and adapted Samhain and turned it into All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day... or All Hollowed Day, which made the night before, October 31st, as All Hallowed Evening and then All Hallowed Eve, and finally Hallo'een which now spelled Halloween.

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