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Samhain and History

by Gus diZerega

One of the most important dimensions of spiritualities rooted in Sacred Immanence is that any feature of our unfallen world has its sacred dimension. I was reminded of this fact when looking up the history of Samhain in Ronald Hutton’s Stations of the Sun. Hutton’s book is the most careful study of Britain’s seasonal observances tat we currently have.

There is little surviving evidence that our traditional eight Sabbats were celebrated in ancient times with the same symbolism we use, and in some cases they were probably not celebrated at all. But this fact, and fact I believe it is, does not have the same impact on our practice as recognition that Jesus never lived, or that he died of old age, would have on Christian practice and theology.

Read the original article at: A Pagans Blog on Beliefnet

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