Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pagan Roots

Today’s Christian practices have pagan foundations. Take Samhain, caoming up at the end of the month. It is the beginning of the pagan year, the final harvest of the previous year and the celebration by all pagans (referred to by the Church as witches) of the turn of the year’s wheel.

Well, the church couldn’t have that, could they? All that mucking about and celebrating? Best they change the date of one of the Christian celebrations and pretend all the festivities are for that.* Thus the day following Samhain became All Saints Day and the pagan festival All Hallow’s Eve, or Hallow e’en.

Harold was rooting around in his pagan foundations this morning. He found a flint arrowhead in the cabbage patch** and proceeded to dig up the whole area looking for artifacts.

Devious was well put out. He was hoping for an arrow tree when he planted it.

*like they did with Ostara and Yule
**as opposed to me finding Harold had a cabbage for a head.


stephanie said...

Poor Devious and unintentionally clueless Harold. :)

Nik's Blog said...

Good post. I'm very tempted to rant about this (it's a sore point - not that I'm a pagan), but I shall refrain. But yes, there's a lot of 'if it's not Christian it's evil so we'll change it and make everyone think it's evil' that's happened isn't there?

See, I did well, not ranting.


Leatherdykeuk said...

Thank you Stephanie :)

I know that of old, Nik. Nicely avoided rant, I thought ;)

Nik's Blog said...

Thanks ;)

aims said...

Poor Devious. The fact that they never learn that Harold will do something stupid at any given moment and so plant their arrowheads father afield....sigh.

I'll refrain from ranting as well.

Idiots. Self-righteous idiots.

Leatherdykeuk said...

I'm sure the Panes did it to the Saxons, who did it to the Celts and so on

Nik's Blog said...

Tis true. Only this one's stuck!

Leatherdykeuk said...

Damned shame. 1500 years is too long!

Nik's Blog said...

Yup! ;)