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Re: happy holloween

Poster: Erik Dutton <edutton@worldnet.att.net>

Michael Jeffrey Looney wrote:
> Poster: "Michael Jeffrey Looney" <barderic@mailcity.com>
> >happy samhain<
> I remember reading in a book last year, when i was working on an idea for a halloween costume/character to be, that "Samhain" was the lord of the dead, and presider over Halloween, as it was his holiday.
> THis has been bothering me for the weekend, woundering if the book is wrong, or if we're confuzled.
> Might someone be able to help this confuseiong?

There is some linguistic evidence that suggests a connection with a god
called "Samana" or "Samhana" - I forget which specific culture, but I do
remember that he was supposed to be a god of death...

The more common (and widely accepted) derivation of "Samhain" is from
the Gaelic for "summer's end" - which makes sense for a harvest

Rhodri ap Hywel
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