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The Pagan Mysteries Of Halloween

Author : Jean Markale
ISBN : 9781594776793
Genre : Religion
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A comprehensive examination of the rituals and philosophies of the Celtic holiday of Samhain, the inspiration for Halloween. • Presents the true meaning of this ancient holiday and shows how contemporary observances still faithfully reflect the rituals of pagan ancestors. • Explains why this holiday, largely confined to the English-speaking world since the advent of Christianity, has spread throughout the rest of Europe over the last two decades. One of humanity's most enduring myths is that the dead, on certain nights of the year, can leave the Other World and move freely about the land of the living. Every year on October 31, when the children of the world parade through the streets dressed as monsters, skeletons, and witches, they reenact a sacred ceremony whose roots extend to the dawn of time. By receiving gifts of sweets from strangers, the children establish, on a symbolic plane that exceeds their understanding, a fraternal exchange between the visible world and the invisible world. Author Jean Markale meticulously examines the rituals and ceremonies of ancient festivities on this holiday and shows how they still shape the customs of today's celebration. During the night of Samhain, the Celtic precursor of today's holiday, the borders between life and death were no longer regarded as insurmountable barriers. Two-way traffic was temporarily permitted between this world and the Other World, and the wealth and wisdom of the sidhe, or fairy folk, were available to the intrepid individuals who dared to enter their realm. Markale enriches our understanding of how the transition from the light to the dark half of the year was a moment in which time stopped and allowed the participants in the week-long festival to attain a level of consciousness not possible in everyday life, an experience we honor in our modern celebrations of Halloween.
Category: Religion

Halloween Ultimate Collection 550 Horror Classics Supernatural Mysteries Macabre Stories

Author : H. P. Lovecraft
ISBN : 9788026898283
Genre : Fiction
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e-artnow presents to you this unique Halloween collection of the greatest horror classics, the darkest mysteries and supernatural tales: H. P. Lovecraft: The Dunwich Horror. From Beyond… Washington Irving: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Rip Van Winkle The Spectre Bridegroom James Malcolm Rymer & Thomas Peckett Prest: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher The Cask of Amontillado The Pit and the Pendulum… Algernon Blackwood: The Willows The Wendigo Ancient Sorceries… Mary Shelley: Frankenstein The Heir of Mondolfo The Invisible Girl… Henry James: The Turn of the Screw The Ghostly Rental… John William Polidori: The Vampyre Bram Stoker: Dracula The Lair of the White Worm… Robert Louis Stevenson: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Gaston Leroux: The Phantom of the Opera Marjorie Bowen: Black Magic Charles Dickens: The Mystery of Edwin Drood The Haunted House To Be Read At Dusk… Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray Théophile Gautier: Clarimonde The Mummy's Foot Richard Marsh: The Beetle Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles The Silver Hatchet… Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Carmilla Uncle Silas… Matthew Gregory Lewis: The Monk Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White The Devil's Spectacles Rudyard Kipling: The Phantom Rickshaw Guy de Maupassant: The Horla M. R. James: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary A Thin Ghost and Others Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Birth Mark The House of the Seven Gables… Ambrose Bierce: Can Such Things Be? William Hope Hodgson: The House on the Borderland The Night Land Horace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto William Thomas Beckford: Vathek George W. M. Reynolds: Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf Catherine Crowe: Ghosts and Family Legends Thomas Hardy: What the Shepherd Saw The Grave by the Handpost Elizabeth Gaskell: The Old Nurse's Story The Poor Clare… Fitz-James O'Brien: The Lost Room The Diamond Lens Marie Belloc Lowndes: From Out the Vast Deep…
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Author : David J. Skal
ISBN : 9780486805214
Genre : History
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Original, entertaining mix of personal anecdotes and social analysis examines America's perplexingly popular holiday, tracing the tradition's evolution from its dark Celtic history to its emergence as a mammoth marketing event.
Category: History

Illuminati Halloween

Author : Gary L Morton
ISBN : 9781365243332
Genre : Fiction
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His girlfriend kidnapped and his best friend murdered, amateur private eye Joe Holiday tracks a mysterious Satanist wing of the Illuminati to the end of the conspiracy, Halloween and their ultimate creation.
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The Halloween Encyclopedia

Author : Lisa Morton
ISBN : IND:30000087105601
Genre : Reference
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Offers an alphabetical listing of topics relating to Halloween, including bobbing for apples, mumming, and witches.
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Dressed For Thrills

Author : Mark Alice Durant
ISBN : UCSC:32106011434146
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A tour of 100 years of American Halloween attire features a wealth of images depicting revelers and trick-or-treaters in disguise and enhanced by special lighting effects, in a volume complemented by a history of the holiday and Halloween fashion.
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The Red Haired Girl From The Bog

Author : Patricia Monaghan
ISBN : UOM:39015058127781
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A woman's trip to Ireland becomes a journey through the mythical Celtic territory of goddesses, witches, hags, and spirited women. Maps.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit


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ISBN : UVA:X006174876
Genre : Myth
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Category: Myth

Book Review Index 2004 Cumulation

Author : Dana Ferguson
ISBN : 0787666890
Genre : Literary Criticism
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'Book Review Index' provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. More than 600 publications are indexed, including journals and national general interest publications and newspapers. 'Book Review Index' is available in a three-issue subscription covering the current year or as an annual cumulation covering the past year.
Category: Literary Criticism


ISBN : 9781469179506
Genre : Reference
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Author : Joanne O'Sullivan
ISBN : 1579903460
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Learn to make creative costumes designed just for adults -- everything from a sublime dancing queen to a fierce samurai warrior is included. Also contains directions for how to set the appropriate atmosphere for a halloween party depending on the theme.
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Family Voice

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ISBN : WISC:89076729334
Genre : Christianity and politics
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The Mystery Of Grace

Author : Charles de Lint
ISBN : 1429978546
Genre : Fiction
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On the Day of the Dead, the Solona Music Hall is jumping. That's where Altagracia Quintero meets John Burns, just two weeks too late. Altagracia – her friends call her Grace – has a tattoo of Nuestra Señora de Altagracia on her shoulder, she's got a Ford Motor Company tattoo running down her leg, and she has grease worked so deep into her hands that it'll never wash out. Grace works at Sanchez Motorworks, customizing hot rods. Finding the line in a classic car is her calling. Now Grace has to find the line in her own life. A few blocks around the Alverson Arms is all her world -- from the little grocery store where she buys beans, tamales, and cigarettes ("cigarettes can kill you," they tell her, but she smokes them anyway) to the record shop, to the library where Henry, a black man confined to a wheelchair, researches the mystery of life in death – but she's got unfinished business keeping her close to home. Grace loves John, and John loves her, and that would be wonderful, except that John, like Grace, has unfinished business – he's haunted by the childhood death of his younger brother. He's never stopped feeling responsible. Like Grace in her way, John is an artist, and before their relationship can find its resolution, the two of them will have to teach each other about life and love, about hot rods and Elvis Presley, and about why it's necessary to let some things go. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Pagan Channel Islands

Author : S. V. Peddle
ISBN : IND:30000111068551
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Around three to five thousand years ago, an ancient people began building stone sites and monuments on the Channel Islands, creating a landscape as rich in mythology as any archaeological site in Greece or Egypt. This work examines this landscape.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Trick Or Treat

Author : Lisa Morton
ISBN : 9781780230559
Genre : History
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Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve pumpkins and play pranks, and the braver ones watch scary movies and go on ghost tours. There are parades, fireworks displays, cornfield mazes, and haunted houses—and, most important, copious amounts of bite-sized candy. The popularity of Halloween has spread around the globe to places as diverse as Russia, China, and Japan, but its association with death and the supernatural and its inevitable commercialization has made it one of our most misunderstood holidays. How did it become what it is today? In Trick or Treat, Halloween aficionado Lisa Morton provides a thorough history of this spooky day. She begins by looking at how holidays like the Celtic Samhain, a Gaelic harvest festival, have blended with the British Guy Fawkes Day and the Catholic All Souls’ Day to produce the modern Halloween, and she explains how the holiday was reborn in America, where costumes and trick-or-treat rituals have become new customs. Morton takes into account the influence of related but independent holidays, especially the Mexican Day of the Dead, as well as the explosion in popularity of haunted attractions and the impact of such events as 9/11 and the economic recession on the celebration today. Trick or Treat also examines the effect Halloween has had on popular culture through the literary works of Washington Irving and Ray Bradbury, films like Halloween and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Simpsons. Considering the holiday in the context of its worldwide popularity for the first time, this book will be a treat for any Halloween lover.
Category: History

Library Journal

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ISBN : IND:30000080942703
Genre : Libraries
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The Pagan Church

Author : David D. Smith
ISBN : 9781365490002
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The Dance Of Time

Author : Michael Judge
ISBN : 9781611455113
Genre : History
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Traces the mythology, superstitions, and events that influenced the creation of the modern calendar, discussing such facts as the explanations behind the names of the days of the week and the origins of the Easter Bunny.
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Angels And Demons

Author : Michael F. Patella
ISBN : 9780814634486
Genre : Religion
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The supernatural world is prominent in many of today's movies, television shows, novels, and the popular imagination. But some of what is presented as grounded in a Christian worldview is in fact far from that. In Angels and Demons, Michael Patella, OSB, offers an accessible and fascinating look at supernatural realities as they really are presented in the Bible and Christian tradition. Among the topics Patella explores with a valuable combination of pastoral wisdom and academic rigor are: the role of angels in the ministry of Jesus the apocalyptic battle in Revelation the occult, possession, and the work of Satan what angels are and what they're not the Last Judgment: how? when? Readers will appreciate Patella's level-headed appraisal of the views of the supernatural world in the various sections of the Bible. They will be engaged by his lucid account of "Who's Who in Hell." They will be both comforted and inspired by his foundational conviction that Christ has claimed creation for the forces of good, evil is on the run, and there is no chance of the tide ever turning the other way, evil actions and human suffering notwithstanding.
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