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Pagans celebrate Beltane

by Samir Abdel-Aziz

The Marshall University Pagan Association combined different traditions Monday to celebrate the ritual of Beltane, which marks the beginning of summer. “Beltane is a Celtic festival of early summer,” said George Fain, president of the Marshall Pagans and sophomore sociology major from Welch, W.Va. “We celebrate the new crops coming in, celebrating initiation and fertility. It is a sharing of Appalachian traditions. West Virginia is among the most Appalachian of the states. A lot of the traditions that were here tonight were celebrated here not even a hundred years ago.” The ritual is the basis of a lot of traditions in other countries. While Beltane is a Celtic ritual, the Marshall Pagans combined Appalachian Native American, Paganism and Christian traditions, Fain said.

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