while all the weirdos come out tonight, for those of us who are thrilled by religious history or not…
“Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the ‘darker half’ of the year. It is celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, or about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Kindred festivals were held at the same time of year in other Celtic lands; for example the Brythonic Calan Gaeaf (in Wales), Kalan Gwav (in Cornwall), and Kalan Goañv (in Brittany).
Samhain is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and is known to have pre-Christian roots. Many important events in Irish mythology happen or begin on Samhain. It was the time when cattle were brought back down from the summer pastures and when livestock were slaughtered for the winter. As at Beltane, special bonfires were lit. These were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers and there were rituals involving them. Samhain (like Beltane) was seen as a liminal time, when the spirits or fairies (the Aos Sí) could more easily come into our world. Most scholars see the Aos Sí as remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits. It was believed that the Aos Sí needed to be propitiated to ensure that the people and their livestock survived the winter. Offerings of food and drink were left for them. The souls of the dead were also thought to revisit their homes. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them. Mumming and guising were part of the festival, and involved people going door-to-door in costume (or in disguise), often reciting verses in exchange for food. The costumes may have been a way of imitating, or disguising oneself from, the Aos Sí. Divination rituals were also a big part of the festival and often involved nuts and apples. In the late 19th century, Sir John Rhys and Sir James Frazer suggested that it was the ‘Celtic New Year’, and this view has been repeated by some other scholars.
In the 9th century, the Roman Catholic Church shifted the date of All Saints’ Day to 1 November, while 2 November later became All Souls’ Day. Over time, Samhain and All Saints’/All Souls’ merged to create the modern Halloween. Historians have used the name ‘Samhain’ to refer to Gaelic ‘Halloween’ customs up until the 19th century.
Since the latter 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observed Samhain, or something based on it, as a religious holiday. Neopagans in the Southern Hemisphere often celebrate Samhain at the other end of the year (~30 April – 1 May).”
Should I continue the Sunday Series, in which I expressed my feelings and ideas of every Sunday service I’ve been part of (gone to) since I returned to the church?
always wondered about this…
New York City is one of 57 independent jurisdictions in the country that is responsible for birth registration. Since 1971, Article 207, section 207.05 of the Health Code has authorized the issuance of new birth certificates for transgender persons. This section of the Health Code has not been amended in 43 years. Currently, to change sex on a birth certificate, the following are required:
- Court-ordered name change
- Proof of convertive surgery, generally interpreted as genital surgery, with:
- Surgical operative report; and
- Post-operative exam by physician specifying change of sex was completed
although still a taboo & damnation in the Church.
5 years 9 months 1 week =
~5.769230769230769 years or
~69.23076923076924 months going to FAPC
(yet still clueless about the whole experience)
I never really got into the eBay trend of buying and selling used things although I did buy old computer hardware.
I gave the idea of selling my outdated hardware using Amazon Seller Central. Surprisingly in a matter of two weeks, I sold my used (yet in mint condition) Roku SD, TiVo Series2 DT and TiVo Premiere. I made about $150 to pay my credit card.
If all the stuff I sold is related to the bad habit of watching TV, how am I going to watch TV or worse yet am I giving up on TV? I’m catching up with my long list of movies and shows that I’ve got on my Netflix account, subscribed to Hulu (not sure if I’ll keep this) and finally found a reason to use my Amazon Prime account.