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Agaliha
October 7th, 2007, 07:06 AM
For the northen hemisphere it's now Autumn time and I thought a thread devoted to Autumn lore, symbolism, and all of that would be cool. I also didn't want to label is Samhain as there are many other autumn celebrations.

Here are some links...

Samhain:

Myth*inglinks: Samhain, Halloween, and the Day of the Dead (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkmfn7z5F6XoBQxdXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE3ZWNpYXF1BGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMQRzZWMDc3IEdnRpZANGNzU0X zEwMQ--/SIG=11s5if7oh/EXP=1161838951/**http%3a//www.mythinglinks.org/Samhain.html)
Wikipedia: Samhain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain)
Myth of Samhain: Celtic God of the Dead (http://www.religioustolerance.org/hallo_sa.htm)
Halloween or Samhain as Witches Call It (http://www.witchway.net/halloween.html)
Wicca.com: Samhain Lore (http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/samhainlore.htm)
All Hallow's Eve (http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/7280/samhain.html)
Irish Fire Festivals: Samhain (http://www.cyberpict.net/sgathan/essays/samhain.htm)
Celtic New Year, The (http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Heritage/FSCNS/Scots_NS/Clans/Henderson/General/Celtic_NY.html)
Halloween: From a Neo-Pagan Perspective (http://www.religioustolerance.org/hallo_np.htm)
Samhain: the Eve of All Hallow (http://www.irelandforvisitors.com/articles/samhain.htm)
What is Samhain? (http://www.bry-backmanor.org/holidayfun/samhain.html)
Myth of Samhain: Celtic God of the Dead (http://www.religioustolerance.org/hallo_sa.htm)
Samhain (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkkJc8D5F5j8AXjxXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4dXRocjl0BGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMTYEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDRjc1N F8xMDE-/SIG=128o4dgtl/EXP=1161839068/**http%3a//ladyhedgehog.hedgie.com/holidays/samhain.html)
Samhain Lore - ADF Neopagan Druidism (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkldu8D5FIIgAP01XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4cmdoaDhvBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMjQEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDRjc1N F8xMDE-/SIG=12mtlt9f9/EXP=1161839086/**http%3a//www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/samhain/scg-samhain-99-lore.html)
Halloween and Samhain: facts and misinformation (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkldu8D5FIIgAQ01XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4cm5iNzRsBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMjUEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDRjc1N F8xMDE-/SIG=11p0n08n2/EXP=1161839086/**http%3a//www.tylwythteg.com/Hallow.html)
All Hallow's Eve - Halloween - Samhain (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkldu8D5FIIgAV01XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4YzQ2MXU5BGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMzAEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDRjc1N F8xMDE-/SIG=11resqr62/EXP=1161839086/**http%3a//deoxy.org/time/sabbats/11-06.htm)
Frequently asked questions about the Pagan holiday Samhain -- Beliefnet.com (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkj6r8D5FNywAuZVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4ZmVhbGVoBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMzEEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDRjc1N F8xMDE-/SIG=129o4jvoh/EXP=1161839147/**http%3a//www.beliefnet.com/story/116/story_11616_1.html)
Celtic Halloween Beliefs - Samhain (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkj6r8D5FNywAxZVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4OGRjZ2dhBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMzQEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDRjc1N F8xMDE-/SIG=12jcv2332/EXP=1161839147/**http%3a//ancienthistory.about.com/cs/celtsmyth/a/lochalloween.htm)
The Real Origins of Halloween (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkj6r8D5FNywA0ZVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4Z3RqY3M2BGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMzcEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDRjc1N F8xMDE-/SIG=122dr9hn4/EXP=1161839147/**http%3a//www.neopagan.net/Halloween-Origins.html)
Samhain Lore (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkj6r8D5FNywA1pVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4YW1xYXYyBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMzgEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDRjc1N F8xMDE-/SIG=11tqaqi65/EXP=1161839147/**http%3a//www.witchway.net/hallows/lore.html)
dcls.org: A Brief History of Halloween (http://www.dcls.org/x/archives/halloween.html)
History of Halloween: It's Probably Not What You Think (http://www.new-life.net/halowen1.htm)
Halloween Customs and Traditions (http://www.religioustolerance.org/hallo_cu.htm)
Holiday Spot: History of Halloween (http://www.theholidayspot.com/halloween/history.htm)
Halloween: The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows (http://www.loc.gov/folklife/halloween.html)
History and Customs of Halloween (http://www.wilstar.com/holidays/hallown.htm)
Halloween Customs by Dennis Doyle (http://english.glendale.cc.ca.us/halloween1.html)
Spooky Halloween: Customs, Traditions, and History (http://www.questmagazine.com/library_halloween.html)
History Channel: The History of Halloween (http://www.history.com/minisites/halloween/)
Seasons-Samhain (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkj6r8D5FNywA3pVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4ZG50c3BuBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDNDAEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDRjc1N F8xMDE-/SIG=12ibcl06i/EXP=1161839147/**http%3a//www.angelfire.com/on2/phoenixrising/SeasonsSamhain.html)
Samhain: Season of Death and Renewal (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geut5a8T5FHHwA.lRXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4Z3ZucDVhBGNvbG8DZQRsA1dTMQRwb3MDNDQEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDRjc1N F8xMDE-/SIG=11u0vdlgi/EXP=1161839322/**http%3a//www.imbas.org/articles/samhain.html)All Saints Day:
Also called All Hallows Day or Hallowmas
Observed by Western Christians
Date 1 November
Related to All Souls Day

All Saints - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geurCY8T5F52kAedFXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE3N2lpNDk1BGNvbG8DZQRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMQRzZWMDc3IEdnRpZANGNzU0X zEwMQ--/SIG=11vb4thnl/EXP=1161839384/**http%3a//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Saints_Day)
Catholic Encyclopedia: All Saints' Day (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01315a.htm)
All Saints and All Souls Feast Days (http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/675/10256)
All Saints Day: All About All Saints Day (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geurCY8T5F52kAm9FXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE3NDlodmwyBGNvbG8DZQRsA1dTMQRwb3MDOQRzZWMDc3IEdnRpZANGNzU0X zEwMQ--/SIG=11sg9fq1s/EXP=1161839384/**http%3a//www.churchyear.net/allsaints.html)
All Saints' Day (http://www.canticanova.com/articles/ot/artb11.htm)
About.com: All Saints' Day (http://goeasteurope.about.com/cs/holidayscustoms/a/halloween.htm)
Halloween/All Saints' Day - Holidays (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geurBG8j5FwGsAIQFXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4Mjc0aWtqBGNvbG8DZQRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMTQEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDRjc1N F8xMDE-/SIG=1280juj6g/EXP=1161839558/**http%3a//www.christianitytoday.com/holidays/halloween/)Hellenic & Roman:

Ancient Greek Samhain Festivals (http://www.cs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/GSF.html)
Seasonal Festivals of the Greeks and Romans (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGklWEvAhHVGgBTmdXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTFhbW01Yjk0BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNwRjb2xvA3NrMQR2dGlkA01BUDAxM185O QRsA1dTMQ--/SIG=121f8jcdh/EXP=1191841284/**http%3a//www.cs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/SF/SF.html)
Thesmorphoria (http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/FestivalsT.htm) (mentioned there)
Themosphoria (http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/grecoromanmyth1/a/aa102400a.htm)Eastern:

Mid-Autumn Festival (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid_Autumn_Festival)
The Stories of the Chinese Moon Festival (http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/midfallstory.htm)
Origin of Mid-Autumn Festival (http://www.chinavoc.com/festivals/Midautumn.htm#cake)
General:

Autumn Greetings, Customs and Lore (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGklWEvAhHVGgBTGdXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTFhOWNqdnJyBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNgRjb2xvA3NrMQR2dGlkA01BUDAxM185O QRsA1dTMQ--/SIG=12698qnl8/EXP=1191841284/**http%3a//www.mythinglinks.org/autumnequinox2000.html)
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David19
October 7th, 2007, 08:13 PM
Nothing to add right now, but very cool info, for some reason, Halloween is one of my most favourite holidays.

Tigerlily
October 7th, 2007, 08:28 PM
Thanks! Good resource. *bookmarks*