Asker Anonymous Asks:
What are some Jewish/Christian/Catholic holidays that DO have pagan origins?
charlottesarahrichards charlottesarahrichards Said:

my-name-is-notarikon:

charlottesarahrichards:

my-name-is-notarikon:

christowitch:

All Hallows Eve..

The Original was Samhain and in response to the pagans festivals the Christians became superstitious and would carve and light gourds or squash in the windows to ward off demons and evil spirits and then on that night they would leave out treats to appease the spirits that crossed over ( Samhain being a time of a thin veil between worlds)

Also they would dress up like the the creatures they thought would be out on that night so that they would be able to walk among the creatures with out being seen.

And thats how a Holiday of Pagan Origin got Christian Traditions and is often celebrated as Samhain AND Halloween by both Christians and Pagans.

Possibly. Not all scholars believe that Halloween resulted from absorbing the Celctic Samhain. Others believe it arose completely separately.

When the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead thin, then it doesn’t matter where you are, you’re going to notice.

It’s just like Easter - Jewish people were allowed to notice & honour Spring too - it wasn’t an exclusive event to other People. In fact, the Bible tells them too.

Look up Hallowtide, it’s actually a three part event - All Hallow’s Eve, Hallowmas and All Soul’s Day. What are the Pagan and/or Celtic equivalents of the other two days?

Well there was samhain eve, and then samhain. That’s two days. However much of what was done in the ancient celtic calendar, not to mention other religious calendars has been lost, so there is no way to conclusively prove one thing or another.

Also they had roman influence before Christian influence so I would guess that the calendar that was in some areas before Christianity was not just celtic, but Romano-Celtic, and then there are the Saxons…

Absolutely, that’s why I said “possibly” :) You sounded very matter-of-fact about Samhain/Halloween, I just wanted to throw in my 2c that there is a little bit of uncertainty.

I did? I think you may be confusing me with the op.

graveyarddirt:

Ukrainian Good Friday Traditions, by Ms. Graveyard Dirt

Ms. Graveyard Dirt ‏@graveyarddirt
Crowds, traffic and burning cars - sounds like your typical Ukie
Good Friday to me. (What a relief certain traditions’ll never die out!)

Other Ukrainian Good Friday traditions: staying up until one in the fucking morning assembling the family’s Easter basket for Holy Saturday’s early morning Sviachenia service.

See also: Ukrainian Easter Basket, Ukrainian Good Friday Traditions, Yearly Variation, Most Definitely Ukrainian & Always Conspicuous

devilintheozarks:

through-the-hagstone:

traditionalwitchcraft:

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I actually have a bunch of books that helped me get started on the poison path.  

Yet another book on my wish list of books I still need to buy…

Gah, I’ve been wanting this book for ages, but never seem to have the extra money ):

This is a great book. I have it in ebook form on my ipod and it’s such a good reference.

devilintheozarks:

through-the-hagstone:

traditionalwitchcraft:

If you don’t have this book yet and you’re looking to start using entheogens or want to go down the poison path, I highly recommend getting this book!  It’s totally worth the money.  It gives you background information, preparation and dosages, ritual uses, medicinal uses, and effects!  

I actually have a bunch of books that helped me get started on the poison path.  

Yet another book on my wish list of books I still need to buy…

Gah, I’ve been wanting this book for ages, but never seem to have the extra money ):

This is a great book. I have it in ebook form on my ipod and it’s such a good reference.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
What are some Jewish/Christian/Catholic holidays that DO have pagan origins?
charlottesarahrichards charlottesarahrichards Said:

my-name-is-notarikon:

christowitch:

All Hallows Eve..

The Original was Samhain and in response to the pagans festivals the Christians became superstitious and would carve and light gourds or squash in the windows to ward off demons and evil spirits and then on that night they would leave out treats to appease the spirits that crossed over ( Samhain being a time of a thin veil between worlds)

Also they would dress up like the the creatures they thought would be out on that night so that they would be able to walk among the creatures with out being seen.

And thats how a Holiday of Pagan Origin got Christian Traditions and is often celebrated as Samhain AND Halloween by both Christians and Pagans.

Possibly. Not all scholars believe that Halloween resulted from absorbing the Celctic Samhain. Others believe it arose completely separately.

When the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead thin, then it doesn’t matter where you are, you’re going to notice.

It’s just like Easter - Jewish people were allowed to notice & honour Spring too - it wasn’t an exclusive event to other People. In fact, the Bible tells them too.

Look up Hallowtide, it’s actually a three part event - All Hallow’s Eve, Hallowmas and All Soul’s Day. What are the Pagan and/or Celtic equivalents of the other two days?

Well there was samhain eve, and then samhain. That’s two days. However much of what was done in the ancient celtic calendar, not to mention other religious calendars has been lost, so there is no way to conclusively prove one thing or another.

Also they had roman influence before Christian influence so I would guess that the calendar that was in some areas before Christianity was not just celtic, but Romano-Celtic, and then there are the Saxons…

magicscreeches:

"Shapes in the Wax" a look at the Ukrainian folk healers known as the babky (singular babka) by Sarah D. Phillips of the University of Indiana. An article on the subject (also by Phillips) can be found here

spiritscraft:

charlottesarahrichards:

*sigh* can’t help adding in my ten cents. Here are some random thoughts I’ve been having on the arguments all over my dash in the past year.

1. Pagan holidays varied hugely depending on religion, location and time period, there was no ancient…

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blackmountainmass:

She promised to beware; but when she was left alone, she began to think and to wonder what there could be in the second room, and at last she could not help setting the door a little ajar, just to peep in, when—Pop! out flew the Moon.

[fr. East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North, by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe; illustrated by Kay Nielsen]

*sigh* can’t help adding in my ten cents. Here are some random thoughts I’ve been having on the arguments all over my dash in the past year.

1. Pagan holidays varied hugely depending on religion, location and time period, there was no ancient European wheel of the year that all the peace loving hippy westerners followed. So to suggest that Christianity copied a pagan calendar and then crossed out the names of pagan deities and replaced them with a big fat JESUS WAS HERE is disingenuous to say the least

2. Acting like a huge amount of folk traditions and practices that are now used in a Christian context weren’t begged borrowed or stolen from non-Christian groups is so anti-history I can’t even.

3. Christians were pagan once. They weren’t a magical evil race of people that turned other people into them like a weird form of religious vampire. Some of them considered themselves both (yeah Jesus can just hang our with Thor over there).

4. To act like a huge amount of western history hasn’t been dominated by the church and written by the church to further the churches own ends is ridiculous. There is bias in the history books. And to act like history isn’t supremely complicated and nuanced is also ridiculous.

5. Generally it seems that historically the church had no problem assimilating pagan rites and rituals. So I have no problem with people trying to unassimilated them or reassimilate them within a neo-pagan context, I really think given the last two thousand years it would be hard for modern western Christians to call appropriation on that one.

6. Remember, people are dicks, no one is as white as the driven snow here.

7. I really wish it snowed more often where I live. It did once a few years ago and it was amazing.