It's the last one of this Samhain Siren Season. Let's do it right, and have a blast!
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As we begin winding down, we ramp up the fun :) Remember, every one of your entries counts toward our Grand Prize Giveaway to be announced on October 31!
Here is a sneak peek of our giveaway from LaPulia Studio!
This book sells for $504.98, and will come in green :) So, be sure you get in on every chance you can to win this grand prize!
The winner of the Sally Dubats giveaway is : Jonquil Alexia!
The winner of the DJ Martin giveaway is: Rogue Riversong!
Archeology of Samhain
When it comes to explaining the origin of practices – religious or otherwise – most of us anthropologists look to the archaeological record for evidence of these practices. Artifacts used in rituals, religious sites, and texts from the origin period are helpful in shaping this knowledge of practices. When it comes down to Samhain, there really isn’t much evidence in the archaeological record. We have evidence of many sacred sites in Ireland and we have texts that reference the practice of these rituals, but finding tangible evidence has been something archeologists have struggled with.
However, there is one site that is referenced a lot in medieval text: the Hill of Ward or “Tiachtga.” This hill is located near Athboy which is now in the modern county of Meath. This site has been referenced as a host for the feast of Samhain. It is characterized by its prehistoric ringfort (an ancient circular fortification of earth or stone, found especially in Ireland) and is 380 feet in height. The legend goes that the druids would journey up the hill to light huge fires; this would signal the start of the Samhain festivities. Evidence of these fires go back to pre-Christian times.
There is a good amount of medieval manuscripts that refer to “Feis Teamhrach” (also known as the feast of Tara) which was rumored to be held three days before and three days after Samhain. This feast was held at another important Irish heritage site: The Hill of Tara. It is thought that this was also a site for Samhain rituals but there is little evidence to back up those claims.
When you think about it, it kind of makes sense that there isn’t much archaeological evidence surrounding Samhain. The Celtic pagans didn’t worship in temples or erect large buildings to practice their rituals. They celebrated in nature, feasting and praying the gods/goddesses of the nature around them. Most of Celtic Paganism is routed in Nature with a “harm none” philosophy. This would mean that if a site was laughed trashed with artifacts after a ritual, they would be going against all that the rituals stood for.
What we are left with is the texts and the stories from that time. Even those have their problems since most of history was influenced by the Roman Empire who were Christian. They focused on the “evils” of Samhain rather than the historic significance. Modern day pagans know about Samhain through the oldest form of history: storytelling. Stories of Samhain rituals have been passed down from generations but “word of mouth” isn’t something that can be added to the archaeological record.
Archaeology Magazine: “Halloween’s Celtic Rituals” by Jenny Butler
I don’t know about you, but I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!
The Witches’ Kitchen by Autumn Earthsong
1 loaf French bread, thinly sliced
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
13.2 oz pkg Brie cheese, thinkly sliced
3 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
Arrange bread on an ungreased baking sheet; bake at 350* until lightly toasted. Set aside.
Mix together butter, sugar and walnuts. Top each slice of bread with a cheese slice, an apple slice and a teaspoonful of butter mixture.
Return to baking sheet; bake briefly until cheese melts.
**Variations….a sugared pecan with a drizzle of honey to top it…or a nice dollop of apple butter!
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