Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Celtic History of Halloween
"Halloween Customs in the Celtic World"
by Bettina Arnold, Co-Director, Center for Celtic Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
(see a photo of a traditional carved turnip jack-o-lantern in the Museum of Country Life, Ireland)
"Samhain: How Ritual Formed and Formation of Irish Celtic Identity"
by Jessica Richard in the Proceedings of The National Conference on Undergraduate Research
(The introduction is on the above link to Medievalists.net, but you can download the 5-page pdf of the article. )
"The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows"
by Jack Santino on the Library of Congress American Folklife Center website
Unfortunately, the details of historic Celtic traditions are foggy. Iron Age Druids insisted that history be passed along orally (no writing down anything). That said, this book A Brief History of the Druids Peter Berresford Ellis is a good read for ancient Celtic beliefs.
Posted by Andrew at 11:46 AM