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How the Ancient World Invoked the Dead to Help the Living

Saturday, October 29, 2016 14:14
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How the Ancient World Invoked the Dead to Help the Living

Though it may seem as if Halloween is a modern con trick designed to get us spending our hard-earned cash on an American celebration, this is not the case. In fact, dressing up, knocking on neighbors’ doors and asking for food at this time of year is a very old tradition. Communities on the British Isles were taking part in similar rituals as far back as the 16th century.

For centuries, people have believed this was the time when the boundary between our world and the spirit world became permeable. Terrifying outfits and specific rituals were designed and used to ward off or appease evil spirits roaming the earth around All Hallow’s Eve. But evidence has also been found of ordinary people, as early as the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans, using magical incantations throughout the year to call on those departed to help the living.

Lead tablets, found bound together, with magical inscriptions. Dated to 300–500 AD. Marie-Lan Nguyen

Lead tablets, found bound together, with magical inscriptions. Dated to 300–500 AD.  Marie-Lan Nguyen (Public Domain)

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