On Fri, 3 Oct 1997 05:21:54 -0400 The_Healys <Xxx_Xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
>I also take issue that Halloween is not European. The two great >Satanic feasts are Halloween (the Eve of All Hallows) and Walpurgis >(May Day Eve) when witches and warlocks gathered in great Sabbats >and the Lord of Misrule ruled. > >Jim Healy >Perth, Scotland > >-- >The_Healys <Xxx_Xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Thank you for bringing up the pre-American historicity of the
holiday now most commonly celebrated as Halloween. One wee correction:
Samhain ( All Hallows ) and Walpurgis are Pagan holidays, not Satanic.
They not only predate America, they predate the arrival of Christianity
in Europe. Satan is a Christian concept, not shared by Pagans. I've
never knowingly met a Satanist, so I don't know whether they consider
themselves Pagans or not; but I've met many Pagans and not one of those
is a Satanist.
Sorry if I seem off-topic, but that's a common misconception,
especially prevalent this time of year. Now, for something completely