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How the Irish brought Halloween to the world!
Wheel of theYear
Originally
2 divisions
Sam & Gam
(Summer & Winter)
Surviving words
Samhain - End of
Summer
Geimhreadh (?)...
 Most ‘popular’ festival in Irish literature
 Beginning of Dark season
 Association with Death and Otherworld
 Superna...
 Bonfires
 Costumes
 Trick orTreat
 Pumpkins
 Ghosts
 Apples & Nuts
 Games
 Witches
One by One...
 Fire festival – Coming Darkness
 Community – reliance, shared fears
 Cull, slaughter – Bone Fires
 Sacrifice, Cleansi...
 Fairies on the move, Summer toWinter
 Seeking human child or lover
 Throw Dust!
 Time of change – disguise (straw boy...
 Help the Halloween party!
 Propitiation, Bribery
 Boundaries – Community geography
 Feasting
 Tributes
 Hunting at an end – Quarter of the Fian
 Animals breeding
 Wild pig – Nov to Jan
 “Name of food which is carried to t...
NOW... THEN...
 Who was Jack?!
 Lighted Lanterns placed in windows
 Ward off unfriendly spirits
 Ancestor Reverence
 Shamanic culture – guidance, guardianship
 I SEE DEAD PEOPLE
 Dumb Supper
 Unlocked doors
 Earl...
 Otherworld, Manannán Mac Lir
 EmhainAbhlach
 Silver branch with 3 golden apples
 Music would soothe to sleep the sick...
 Feasting & Merriment
 Divination
 Bobbing for Apples
 Peeling the Apple
 Nuts in the Fire
 Lock of hair to the Fire
 Bairín Breac (speckled loaf)
 Ring = Marriage
 Thimble = Spinsterhood
 Button = Bachelorhood
 Matchstick = Spousal a...
 Time of Change
 Magic
 Protection
 “It is the poet’s duty to
be with the king at
Samhain and protect
him from enchant...
 We thought Spring is new year?
 Before visible growth – Darkness
 Winter - Time for Introspection
 Planning
 Learnin...
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Powerpoint Presentation Sample - Irish Samhain Traditions

  1. 1. How the Irish brought Halloween to the world!
  2. 2. Wheel of theYear Originally 2 divisions Sam & Gam (Summer & Winter) Surviving words Samhain - End of Summer Geimhreadh (?) Winter
  3. 3.  Most ‘popular’ festival in Irish literature  Beginning of Dark season  Association with Death and Otherworld  Supernatural adventures  Ancestor reverence  Fairies on the move  Festivals & Feasting  Tribute -Tara, 3 days
  4. 4.  Bonfires  Costumes  Trick orTreat  Pumpkins  Ghosts  Apples & Nuts  Games  Witches
  5. 5. One by One...
  6. 6.  Fire festival – Coming Darkness  Community – reliance, shared fears  Cull, slaughter – Bone Fires  Sacrifice, Cleansing  Hearth Fires – Fresh start, shared source
  7. 7.  Fairies on the move, Summer toWinter  Seeking human child or lover  Throw Dust!  Time of change – disguise (straw boys)  No boundaries - Cross dress, wild times  Tricks, jokes, anything goes  Protection for any who travel out - Dress Up!
  8. 8.  Help the Halloween party!  Propitiation, Bribery  Boundaries – Community geography  Feasting  Tributes
  9. 9.  Hunting at an end – Quarter of the Fian  Animals breeding  Wild pig – Nov to Jan  “Name of food which is carried to the Lord before Christmas... is the Samhain Pig”  Raiding at an end – weather, ease  Grain & fruit harvest... DRINK!  Plans for next year
  10. 10. NOW... THEN...
  11. 11.  Who was Jack?!  Lighted Lanterns placed in windows  Ward off unfriendly spirits
  12. 12.  Ancestor Reverence  Shamanic culture – guidance, guardianship  I SEE DEAD PEOPLE  Dumb Supper  Unlocked doors  Early to Bed  Leave a good fire in!
  13. 13.  Otherworld, Manannán Mac Lir  EmhainAbhlach  Silver branch with 3 golden apples  Music would soothe to sleep the sick or wounded  Imram – voyage  Cross the sea to obtain the apples  Bobbing for apples?!  Hazelnuts – Find the Seer, Divination  Salmon of knowledge, 9 sacred nuts
  14. 14.  Feasting & Merriment  Divination  Bobbing for Apples  Peeling the Apple  Nuts in the Fire  Lock of hair to the Fire
  15. 15.  Bairín Breac (speckled loaf)  Ring = Marriage  Thimble = Spinsterhood  Button = Bachelorhood  Matchstick = Spousal abuse  Bean = Poverty  Pea = Wealth  Holy Medal = Religious Orders  Little Boat = Journey.
  16. 16.  Time of Change  Magic  Protection  “It is the poet’s duty to be with the king at Samhain and protect him from enchantment”
  17. 17.  We thought Spring is new year?  Before visible growth – Darkness  Winter - Time for Introspection  Planning  Learning  Eliminate your weakness – Cull & Cleanse!
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