On Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:28:40 +0000, Bernard Morgan
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>I believe it is possible that Samhain "Summer!" was original celebrated at
the Vernal Equinox;
>I think with the rise of Christianity the celebrations was forced by Lent
(as mention above) to the end of April/beginning of May. So the celebration
became Cetamain (beginning of Samain);
>So in the 9th century (around 835) Samhain moved again. This time to
November 1st and so for the next one thousand two hundred years Samhain has
been November 1st.
When Christianity usurped Beltaine in favour of the Paschal Fires, the
records have come to the point of:
"And the wizards said 'unless that fire be quenched this night, he whose
fire it is shall have Ireland for ever'. [And he whose fire it was] said 'O
my Lord, let this impious one, who is blaspheming Thy name, be destroyed in
the presence of all'.
- On the Life of St. Patrick (Leabhar Breac: Translated by Whitley Stokes)
Now with a religion highly intolerant of idolatous pagan systems, why on
earth do you think that such a feast would end up being plucked up, moved
half a year and continue on happily from there???
Hallowtide and Samuin are co-incident but by no means like expressions of
theology, philosophy or culture!
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