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The Origins of Halloween

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« on: October 30, 2009, 01:24:38 pm »

Does this involve human or animal sacrifice?

Absolutely NOT! Hollywood to the contrary, blood sacrifice is not practiced by modern followers of Wicca or Druidism. There may be some people who think they are practicing Wicca by performing blood sacrificing but this is not condoned by reputable practitioners of today's neo-Pagan religions.

FOOTNOTES:
Tardo, Russell K., "What's Wrong with Halloween?", Faithful Word Publishers, (Arabi, LA, undated), p. 2
Rev. Patrick Dinneen, "An Irish-English Dictionary", (Dublin, 1927), p. 937
Malcolm MacLennan, "A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language", (Aberdeen, 1979), p. 279
"The Encyclopedia of Religion", ed. Mircea Eliade, "Halloween" by Primiano, (New York, 1987) pp. 176-177
Alwyn & Brinley Rees, "Celtic Heritage", (New York, 1961), p. 90
W.G. Wood-Martin, "Traces of the Elder Faiths of Ireland", Vol. II, (Port Washington, NY, 1902), p. 5
Kevin Danaher, "The Year in Ireland", (Cork, 1972), p. 214
Katherine Briggs, "Nine Lives: Cats in Folklore", (London,1980), p.5
Dr. Anne Ross, "Pagan Celtic Britain", (London,1967), p. 301-302
Wood-Martin, op. cit., p. 249
Rees & Rees, op. cit., p. 90
Nora Chadwick, "The Celts", (Harmondsworth, 1982), p. 151
P.W. Joyce, "A Social History of Ancient Ireland", Vol.2, (New York, 1968), pp. 282-283
Madeleine Pelner Cosman, "Medieval Holidays and Festivals", (New York, 1981), p. 81
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