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Jenny Butler
2009 February
Treat or Trick? Halloween in a Globalising World
Neo-Pagan Celebrations of Samhain
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Halloween Samhain Halloween Ireland Pagan Halloween Pagan Samhain Neo-paganism
The present chapter is a description of the festival of Samhain as celebrated by neo-pagans. It concentrates on the significance of the festival within neo-pagan worldview and documents some of the beliefs surrounding this time of year. It illustrates how contemporary pagans pick certain traditional cultural elements associated with the pre-modern folk celebration of Samhain and merge these together with references to the Celtic past to fashion a new festival of Samhain that is inimitably part of neo-pagan culture.
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