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The Hill of Sorcery: Mythology and Archaeology of the Tlachtga Barrow

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 17:02
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The Hill of Sorcery: Mythology and Archaeology of the Tlachtga Barrow

In an era long passed, all of the fires of Ireland were extinguished at sundown on October 31st, and a single blazing bonfire was lit at the epicenter of the annual feast of the dead—Samhain had begun at the Hill of Ward. The Druidical priests gathered the people together, and set places with food offerings for those unseen, which had crossed into the realm of shadow, the land of the dead. For between the nights of October 31st and the 1st of November, the barriers between the worlds, which closed the doors of perception throughout the year, would fall away and the dimensions would interact freely with one another. At this time when the harvest faded and the darker time of winter began, the known and the unknown would meet, and dance in the flickering light of the celebratory flames.

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“Snap-apple Night” is quite similar to the modern-day Halloween version of “Bobbing for Apples” (Public Domain)

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