|Peter, come into the Hall of the Mtn. King|
|The redheads of Ireland gather (TG).|
(Stuff They Don't Want You To Know) In the United States, Halloween is replete with ancient traditions that may seem bizarre to outsiders. Why do we carve faces on pumpkins or dunk our heads in water trying to bite apples? Here are the origins of our traditions, how they became what they are today, and how religious syncretism has blended different beliefs, myths, and rituals.
(Apocalyptica) Norwegian black metal version of Ed Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King"
|Let's take over this party for Rome!|
The Day of the Dead
Apparently, this “Day of the Dead” was originally commemorated in Mexico in May and was changed to Nov. 2nd sometime after Spanish contact in order to correspond with the Christian tradition.
This is obviously the root of the modern “trick or treating” -- threatening pranks and mischief in exchange for mini Snickers bars and sugar in all forms, a practice every dentist loves.
Nuts were roasted on the hearth and then interpreted: If the nuts stayed together so, too, would the couple. Egg whites were dropped in water; the shapes foretold the number of future children. Children would also chase crows and divine some of these things from the number of birds or the direction they flew.
|Hey, I know! I'll be a clown this year!|