Friday 31 October 2008

The myth of Samhain

The myth of Samhain: Celtic God of the Dead: "W.J, Bethancourt III has an online essay which traces the God Samhain myth back to the year 1770 when Col. Charles Vallency wrote a 6 volume set of books which attempted to prove that the Irish people once came from Armenia. 'With modern research, archaeology and the study of the Indo-European migrations, these conclusions can be seen as the complete errors they were...'

Later, he writes: ' 'Samhain' is the name of the holiday. There is no evidence of any god or demon named 'Samhain,' 'Samain,' 'Sam Hane,' or however you want to vary the spelling.'"

Today was a beautiful end of summer, a great day to be outdoors for a walk or sitting on the deck, or raking leaves, or scooting about dressed as demons and witches extracting good-fortune tithes from the neighbours ;)