Just read a book that says Halloween is a manifestation of evil (occult ergo evil). What do you think?

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Rawrrrr

Halloween wasn’t always an ‘evil’ holiday, but through the years it has become one. I do think that now Halloween is just a celebration of things that are evil – spirits, witchcraft, etc.

basketcase

Maybe at one time it was (in some other country or something) but Christmas used to be all about Jesus too, and look at it now! Things change, so did Halloween.

Clyde S

I think the book was written by a crackpot. Halloween is no more a celebration of evil than any B horror movie is. Its a bit of harmless fun.

Dave

Halloween is just for fun. No more, no less. Lighten up!

sarah c

They managed to squeeze a whole book out of that sentance?
Its an old pagan festival concerned with chasing away evil and deflecting the evil eye, isn’t it? The one night of the year when theres a real risk if you don’t take the right precautions? Or have I got that wrong?

willow

For thousands of years people have been celebrating different holidays and festivals at the end of October. The Celts celebrated it as Samhain (pronounced “sow-in”, with “sow” rhyming with cow). The Irish English dictionary published by the Irish Texts Society defines the word as follows:
“Samhain, All Hallowtide, the feast of the dead in Pagan and Christian times, signalizing the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season, lasting till May, during which troops (esp. the Fiann) were quartered. Faeries were imagined as particularly active at this season. From it the half year is reckoned. also called Feile Moingfinne (Snow Goddess).(1) The Scottish Gaelis Dictionary defines it as “Hallowtide. The Feast of All Soula. Sam + Fuin = end of summer.”(2) Contrary to the information published by many organizations, there is no archaeological or literary evidence to indicate that Samhain was a deity. The Celtic Gods of the dead were Gwynn ap Nudd for the British, and Arawn for the Welsh. The Irish did not have a “lord of death” as such.
The information on Samhain is from Rowan Moonstone’s The Origins of Halloween.
(1) Rev. Patrick Dineen, “An Irish English Dictionary” (Dublin, 1927), p. 937
(2) Malcolm MacLennan, “A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language” (Aberdeen, 1979), p. 279
The Celts believed that every year on the last day of October, the souls of the dead visited the earth.
When the Romans conquered the Celts in the first century A.D., they added parts of their festivals, Feralia and Pomona to the tradition. Feralia was a festival to honor the dead and Pomona was a harvest festival named after the goddess of fruit (apples) and trees.
Around the eigth century, the Christian church made November 1 All Saints’ Day to honor all of the saints that didn’t have a special day of their own. Over the years these festivals combined, the mass held on All Saints’ Day was called Allhallowmas (the mass of all Hallows – saintly people). The night before was known as All Hallows Eve. Eventually this name became Halloween.
In the 1800s, as a lot of people emigrated to the U.S., the holidays and traditions of different cultures merged. Halloween was not always a happy time. October 31, or the night before took on other names. Some called it Devil’s or Hell night, to others it was mischief night. Here in Vermont, the night before is called cabbage night. To some people this became a time to play tricks on others. Some of these tricks were not fun at all. Luckily, community groups and individuals took action and started to change Halloween into a family event. Dressing up in costumes and going “trick or treating”, costume parades, community parties and Fall festivals are some of the ways that Halloween is celebrated today.
Other countries have different Fall festivals to honor the deceased.
The Festival of the Dead is one of the most important happenings in both Palermo and the rest of Sicily. The second of November is a festival day for the children of Palermo as, according to tradition,they were made to believe that their dead relatives would return the night before and leave them traditional sweets and cakes on the table (Martorana fruit, which is almond paste made into the shape of different fruit). They would also receive puppets of boiled sugar and toys. It’s one way of keeping the memory of their dead relatives and loved ones alive. (from the neomedia Web site)
In Mexico they celebrate El Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead.
Although celebrated in all Catholic countries as All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, surely no other peoples have embraced the festival of The Day of the Dead to the extent that the Mexicans have. The celebration begins on the evening of October 31, so the name Los Dias de los Muertos is also often used. This festival is considered by many to be the most important holiday of the year in Mexico.

jpr_sd

Hey Emelia,
It was once known as “All Hallows Eve”. This was the day that you chased away the spirits so that your harvest would go well and you wouldn’t have to worry about those pesky ghosts until the spring (May Day).
Some have taken this to be that it was some sort of “Evil” day. No more evil than saying “Bless You!” when someone sneezes.
James in San Diego

Dymphna Le Fay

It was a pagan holiday or celtic celebration. It is the pagan New Year.
Samhain, pronounced sow-en and called Halloween today, is the ending of the Celtic year. The Celtic new year actually begins at sunset on October 31. This ritual is known as Ancestor Night or Feast of the Dead. Because the veil between the worlds is thinnest on this night, it was and is considered an excellent time for divinations. Feasts are made in remembrance of dead ancestors and as an affirmation of continuing life. A time for settling problems, throwing out old ideas and influences. This is either celebrated October 31, or the first Full Moon in Scorpio.
SAMHAIN – Cross-quarter day – October 31/ November 1
Death, the third of the Harvest holidays, the ending of the cycle, death, but with the hope of rebirth and the New Year.The traditional time for the annual slaughter to ensure food throughout the winter months. Take this time to remember departed ones. In some traditions the end of the year . The separation between this physical world and the spiritworld is thin. Halloween customs are a part of this element of death, the thin line at this cycle and remembering the dead and the hopes of rebirth. On this night Magick is more powerful .

agedlioness

study the origins of halloween and judge for yourself.
anything you can think of has some nut out there saying
it is the manifestation of evil. when one of them says
something that bothers you the best thing for you to do
is learn as much as you can on the subject and judge
for yourself. of course there are some who say learning
itself is evil but i ask where they learned what was or was
not evil. we must all inform ourselves as much as possible
and not let others do our thinking for us.

redsheads have lower pain thresh

First look up occult…This holiday is the beginning of a new year for some believers It is said to be the day in the year that the thin vail btween the worlds is the thinnest…Our relatives who have passed b4 us are said to be able to help us give us advice etc on this day…the lighted gourds and pumpkins were said to help them find their way back home at the end of this day… do you find any evil in this? It is a time to celebrate the bringing in of the last harvest and share foods and drink w/ family and friends sound evil 2 U?All things change 4 it is the nature of life many people still choose to honour their past relatives in this way and kids still go trick or treating and so it goes evil? not!

ebayphonehome

surely, the festival is, despite other influences imposed upon it, still basically a christian one, all hallow’s even, As like easter and christmas, the church seems to have compromised with the pagan religions on the timing and settled on a bit of everything. However, just as easter is not a manifestation of evil despite having a pagan name of the goddess of fertility and harvests, so halloween is not a manifestation of evil.
Unless you count the scum who egg your house because you don’t give to doorstep beggars. as an after thought, what is meant to happen if you say trick, eggs and toilet paper aside ?

Big H

It’s all bollocks

Paul M

I couldn’t agree more with Willow. Samhain ( pronounced sa-vain), was, and is to us that believe in our heritage, a very signifcant day. But as with all things like our religious festivals, it has been corrupted, and defiled by the Christians.

loryntoo

Halloween, like most of our other religious holidays, has some pagan beginnings and some Christian twists. It’s been targeted the most because people are allowed to dress up as fantasy (evil) creatures and because kids really, really enjoy it.
Halloween is based on the Catholic holiday “All Soul’s Day” or “All Hallow’s Day” and the pagan harvest festival of Samhain. It’s not the first holiday to be appropriated by the Christian church. Look at these others:
Christmas – placed in December during the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. The week long celebration the Romans were holding disguised the Christian get togethers. The birth of Christ actually happened during lambing season (March or October) because that was when shepherds watched their flocks by night.
Easter – always celebrated close to Passover for obvious reasons. Some of the symbols of Easter are very pagan including the rabbit and the egg (fertility symbols) Other symbols like the Easter lily were added later. The Christian church made a big deal out of Easter to draw attention away from Beltane, a spring fertility festival.
Some people want to impose their religion and their beliefs on others just to see if they can do it. Like I said, Halloween has been targeted the most because it’s very visible and kids really enjoy it.

ladymorgahnna@sbcglobal.net

The ancient Celts were the originators of Samhain, which is referred to as Halloween in the modern world. November 1 was dictated by the pope in 800 A.D. to be All Saints Day, in an attempt to replace the pagan holiday with a Christian holiday.
As a pagan, I celebrate Samhain as the start of the New Year. It is a day that the veil is thinnest between this world and the next, a day when we can more easily communicate with the dearly departed as well as give serious contemplation to the year ahead.
Anyone can say something is evil, based on their own experiences. I do not think the secular holiday of Halloween is evil, I think the people who use it to do harm to others are evil.

ishel13

Halloween aka “All Hallow’s Eve”, or the night before we celebrate all the saints. Good ol’ Charlemagne was kind enough to help Christianity get a good foothold into Western society by letting the newly converted not have to give up all the fun holidays from their older pagan religions. Since Halloween falls somewhere around the autumnal equinox, which was one of the old holidays, by attaching a new Christian holiday to the old pagan one, you get the best of both worlds. Opposites help define what something is, by showing what something is not. So it’s not so much taht Halloween is about evil as it is that we need to merge the old style holidays with one another so you can still be a good Christian without giving all the fun bits of the old religion. Another example of this would be the Easter Bunny/Christ rises from the dead connection. Old style fertility festival meets new style rebirth festival (and also usurps that Passover thing). Here’s something else to think about. How is it that we celebrate the birth of Jesus right around the same time as the pagans celebrate the winter solstice? If we were really going to try and celebrate Christ’s birth in or near the time of year when he was born, then Christmas would show up in the spring – the sheep had just finished lambing, which doesn’t happen in the dead of winter. Finally, as far as Halloween being a manifestation of evil, some people just don’t like their myths without a good guy and a bad guy, so if Christianity is all about doing good, then you’ve got to have something to battle against. Think how boring all those stories would be without the bad guy – David would have nothing to slingshot at without Goliath. Dudley Do-right can’t save Nell if there isn’t Snidely Whiplash there to tie her to the train tracks.

clickchick23

Corporations have taken the original meaning(s) of Halloween and have twisted it into their own commercial version that looks nothing like the original all in the name of selling us more stuff. This is definitely the case with Easter, Valentine’s Day, Christmas… Maybe that’s the true evil. 🙂 Halloween is now about selling lots of candy, costumes, decorations, horror flicks, and pumpkins. I challenge you to find any child (and very few adults) that know the origins of Halloween.
Originally a pagan holiday, the Celts believed that on November 1, the barrier between the worlds of the living and dead would lift and that the ghosts of the dead would wander the earth. Though belived destructive, druids also believed that the ghosts could tell the future and provide them information about the year to come. As a celebration of this event, Celts would dress in costumes and light massive bonfires for protection.
Of course, the holiday through many hundreds of years has evolved and is celebrated differently around the world (Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, for instance). Because this is a religious holiday based in pagan belief and is not a Christian holiday, some Christians view the celebration of Halloween as blasphemous. Many Christian private schools do not allow children to dress up on Halloween and want nothing to do with the celebration.
Ironically, it is because of the original Halloween that we now celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day which most definitely are Christian holidays.

februaryfire23

Halloween began as a pagan holiday. Pagan religions were demonized for centuries. The old god becomes the new devil. For example, Pan. Pan was a god of nature who had cloven hooves and horns on his head. Sound familiar?
The thing is, Pan wasn’t evil. Throughout history, whenever one culture conquers another, the conquering people’s religion becomes the norm, and the old religion is deemed “evil”.

summersweet1969

Halloween is originated in Ireland as the pagan Celtic harvest festival.Irish and Scots immigrants brought older versions of thee tradition to North America in the 19th century.Halloween also called ALL SAINTS eve it was a religious festivities until it was appropriated by Cristian missionaries and given an christian interpretation.Mexico called it the DAY of THE DEAD its liminal times of the year when spiritual world can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent.

Bovril

Haloween’s immediate roots are the Christian festival of All Hallow’s Eve. This is a time to comemerate the spirits of the dead who are not prayed for at any other time of the year (e.g. Saint’s days or aniversaries of deaths). Given the Catholic (and recently Anglican) understanding of the afterlife, praying for the souls of the dead is efficatious, and causing god to take pity on them for their sins. This festival is of course far from evil, and is merely an expression of Christian respect for the souls of the dead.
However, Haloween does trace its roots back to numerous pagan festivals. The idea of wearing masks is a north Germanic one, and is derived from a festival when people enacted the defeat of evil spirits by the protective gods at harvest time. Other pre-christian festivals from across Europe have made their contributions to Haloween as well. Whether these festivals, and consequently Haloween, are evil is a decision that should be made by the individual based on their personal religious convictions. Haloween is certainly not a part of Biblical Christianity, but can be legitimately incorporated into the lives and beliefs of most Christians.

Robespierre

Makes me think that a lot of western countries have been promoting Halloween as a great day of celebration when Satan comes to mingle with his people. Great! It is really very evil. It is pushed by Satanists. You are being taken over.

thorfinn12000

Halloween is the Pagan Celtic New Year

Mousen

Halloween is as corruption of “All Hallow’s Eve” – basically the day before the feast of All Saints in the Christian Calendar. In pre-christian times, it was a pagan harvest/change of season or year festival without any particular occult overtones.
When the Christian church took over, it figured that instead of suppressing a party that everyone always looked forward to – it would need to scare people away from it – so rather than say “you’ve changed religion now, stop celebrating this feast”, it said “This time of year is evil, if you go out and about on this night, you will be attacked by demons and dragged down to hell” – much more effective on the propaganda side.
So the idea of that time being “evil” was in essence a Christian invention to discourage pagan worship, but it happened so long ago that it has had ample time to evolve in people’s consciousness and gain legends and traditions of its own.

crossstitchkelly

It was originally Samhain, a pagan holiday. Before Christianity, it was believed that October 31 was the day that the dead came closest to the living, so people tried to keep them from escaping into this world. One way was to leave treats on the doorsteps to keep them from acting mischeviously (in other words, trick or treat). Another was to go about with lanterns carved from turnips, which became pumpkins when they reached America. Finally, they lit bonfires to keep the darkness away, where the dead might lurk. So it wasn’t a “manifestation of evil” so much as a day when people especially feared the dead, and the practices we have today are warped versions of how they tried to protect themselves.

silver.graph

It’s hysterical nonsense. Don’t let it worry you.

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