The Celtic Origins of Halloween Transcend Fear

Trevarthen, Geo Athena
September 2010
Phi Kappa Phi Forum;Fall2010, Vol. 90 Issue 3, p6
The article offers information on the origins of Halloween. It notes that it is the ancient Celtic new year which was originally called Samhain. It describes how the traditional Celtic culture perceives darkness and discusses the battle between chaos and order over supremacy taken from the book "Cath Maige Tuired: The Second Battle of Mag Tuired". It adds that Samhain was a good time to foretell the future by consulting dead ancestors through divination and during shamanic spirit journeys.


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