Haunting Truth ~ Reflecting Back

Haunting Truth ~ Reflecting Back

Halloween

Reflecting back in time ~ The Celts lived 2,000 years ago in the areas that are now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France. The origins of Halloween date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Halloween marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. The Celts believed that the change of seasons was a bridge between the world of the living and the dead.

To commemorate the event, and ward off the ghosts, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic gods. During the celebration, they wore costumes, typically comprised of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.

From this potted history we can see where today’s celebrations consisting of costumes, scary tales, and trick or treats originated.

For me- as a youngster- Halloween wasn’t as popular a celebration for children as it seems to have become. My Uncle used to tell a few spooky tales but that was about as exciting as it got for my brother and me. Mum would never have allowed us to go out knocking on neighbours and relative strangers doors asking for for sweets. She would have seen that as begging…

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22 thoughts on “Haunting Truth ~ Reflecting Back

  1. A similar thing happened the day my uncle died. I saw a figure and a hand on my shoulder. Later that day, we got a call that he passed away. I always believed it was my uncle, but people told me I was crazy. But perhaps, spirits are moving among us and are part of our daily lives.

    Great read and it gave a bit of a chill down my spine.

  2. Oh my, was this ever something, May. The structure you used and the way you told your story was enthralling. I definitely believe it and had to stare hard at the mirror to see if I could see him. The illustrations you used looked like something from a television crime reenactment show. Well done.

  3. I had my own premonition – not a vision, just a deep, gut- wrenching pain that made me sob with no known reason – the dai my father died. I like to think in your father’s case maybe it was an apology.

  4. Fascinating and absorbing story. I’ve actually heard similar stories so your Mum’s experience and your clever retelling ring true. There is more going on around us than we give credence to…
    Indie x

  5. You are right, the truth is stranger than fiction! Some things can just not be explained…
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Rebel xox

  6. Well apparently – so it is said – we get to choose who to appear to at death. I thought perhaps he did that to apologise to mum x

  7. Oh wow, this gave me goose bumps to read! I don’t think I’d want to experience a spooky situation like this for myself, but they are *fascinating* to read.

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