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A real nice, unbiased, well-informed view.
The History of Halloween -- It's Probably Not What You Think
by Dennis Rupert, pastor New Life Community Church of Stafford
Last update: 05/30/2008
This article has been carefully researched in an attempt to separate fact from hype and exaggeration. Sources include scholarly works by folklorists, books by Celtic experts, internet sites, and various reference works. I read and talked with pagan sources to find out how they viewed Halloween, but did not rely upon them for information on the origins of Halloween. I am especially indebted to folklorist W.J. Bethancourt III for initially bringing this history to my attention. I have confirmed his research by my own limited study and highly recommend his site as the first place to view for information on Halloween practices (History of Halloween : Myths, Monsters and Devils).
On October 31st, you will likely see witches, ghosts, goblins, skeletons, demons, and other evil characters knocking at your door and hollering "trick or treat", and they will expect a treat or you will be tricked. There will be parties where kids (and even adults) bob for apples, tell fortunes, or go through haunted houses. There will be decorations of jack-o-lanterns, witches on brooms, and black cats. It is the only day of the year when we give free food to strangers and display carved vegetables on our front porches. . . .when you really think about it, October 31st is a very strange day . . .Where did we get this celebration called Halloween?
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Very good, Lib! I'll be passing this along to others
Thanks for the link! I particularly like how he mentions Jack Chick
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Tnx for sharing
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Thanks, anyone who goes against Jack Chick wins points in my book.
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That was pretty well researched and very honest. I have to say I applaud Pastor Rupurt for his desire to find and share the truth.
If only more people - and this goes for both Pagans and Christians -were as willing to look beyond face value, I think the world would be a bit of a better place.
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