Halloween is celebrated on the vigil of the Roman Catholic Feast of Allhallowtide (O.E. halig meaning “saint” and tide – “time or season”) on October 31st. The three days (Halloween, Oct 31st, All Saints, November 1st and All Souls, Nov 2nd) are dedicated to the remembrance of the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.
October 31st was also the beginning of the Gaelic festival Samhain, and occurred halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. Cattle were brought down from the summer pastures and slaughtered for the winter amongst great bonfires (bone + fires). This practice was similar to the Roman festival of Pales, when cattle were actually driven through the bonfires.
Today, Halloween includes trick-or-treating or “guising” (to appear or go in disguise). Children dressed in mask and costume travel from house to house asking for candy with the phrase, “trick or treat!” The “trick” is the inferred threat of performing some type of mildly destructive mischief if no treat is given. Guising was also a part of the Samhain festival.
Guising or “souling” on October 31st existed in Great Britain and Ireland long before Halloween was observed in the United States. Masqueraders carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips visited homes requesting cakes, fruit and money.
The religious festivals of the ancient world still endure as shadows in modern tradition. Sometimes the dates have changed or practices observed from different festivals have amalgamated. The celebration of Halloween is a good example of this type of change over time. Guising or Trick-or-Treating has parallels to the antics of the participants of the quintessential masquerade festival celebrated in ancient Rome world during the spring equinox, known as the Hilaria. (See – Equinox parallels – the Georgia Guidestones, the Feast of Cybele and Halloween.)
Halloween also mimics the ancient Roman feast of Lemuria, observed in on the 9th, 11th and 13th of May.
The Lemures (From the singular larvae meaning “mask” also, “ghost or “specter”) were shades or spirits of the restless dead. Romans performed rites to exorcise the malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead from their homes.
Ovid notes that at this festival it was the custom to appease or expel the evil spirits by walking barefoot and throwing black beans over the shoulder at night. ( It was the head of the household who was responsible for getting up at midnight and walking around the house with bare feet throwing out black beans and repeating the incantation, “I send these; with these beans I redeem me and mine” (Haec ego mitto; his redimo meque meosque fabis.) nine times. The household would then clash bronze pots while repeating, “Ghosts of my fathers and ancestors be gone!” nine times.
The Vestal Virgins prepared sacred salted flour cakes or mola salsa from the first ears of wheat of the season as offerings to the dead.
Today in parts of England, Soul Cakes or Harcakes are made for All Hallows’ Eve, and given out to soulers or guisers. They were traditionally set out with glasses of wine.
During the lunar New Year or spring festival, (Setsubun) the Japanese mimic the Roman Lemuria bean throwing ritual. The head of the household throws “fortune beans” either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demon or ogre) mask, while saying, “Demons out! Luck in!” and then slams the front door of the house. The beans are thought to symbolically purify the home by driving away the evil spirits that bring misfortune and bad health.
Similar to the Roman mola salsa offerings to the dead, rice cakes or kagami mochi are placed in various locations throughout the house. The new year’s mochi are also placed in small decorated alcoves in the main room of the home.
The Halloween fall festival is intriguing since it corresponds to the same season as the beginning of the Great Flood. The Old Testament gives the exact day – 17 Marcheshvan.
Marcheshvan (literally “eighth month“), sometimes shortened to Cheshvan, is the second month of the civil year (which starts on 1 Tishrei) and the eighth month of the ecclesiastical year (which starts on 1 Nisan) on the Hebrew calendar. …Cheshvan is an autumn month which occurs in October–November in the Gregorian calendar.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. Gen 7:11
From David Flynn’s Watcher website:
The word which is translated, “giants”, in the King James version of the Bible is, in Hebrew, “Nephilim”, which means, “Those who fell, or … the fallen ones”. Jude, the brother of Jesus describes them as “angels, having left their first estate in heaven”. These fallen angels came to earth for a serious purpose.
The “fallen ones” sought to merge with the bloodline of Adam, because of the promise to send a redeemer through Adam’s kinsman. The Hebrew says that the Sons of God saw that the women were a fit “extension”, for they sought to extend themselves into this realm from the spirit realm, as well as to extend themselves into the “children of the promise” the lineage of Adam. Satan tried to prevent the eventual birth, in the distant future, of the Messiah.
The mating of human beings with angels resulted in hybrid creatures, evil spirits with human bodies. The human/angel hybrids began to corrupt and destroy the human race, resulting in the Deluge, “the end of all flesh” except Noah and his family.
The Bible uses other names to describe these abominations and their descendants in addition to the word Nephilim, they are. . . .
- Raphiam- from the root word rafa=(spirits) Gen. 14:5
- Anikim- the prideful ones, Num. 13;28-33,
- Emim- the proud deserters, Gen. 14:5
- Zuzim- the evil ones Num. 14:5
- Zamzuzamim- the evil plotters, Deut. 2:20
- Zophim- the watchers, Dan. 4:17 Num. 23,
- The Sepherim- the many. . . .
For over a thousand years the Nephilim corrupted the earth and oppressed mankind. The Bible states that the giants existed before the flood and even after that time, Gen. 6:4. This contradicts tradition but is historically upheld by accounts in Exodus where descendants of the Nephilim are encountered in Canna by the Israelites. The Apocryphal Book of Enoch, a 1st century B.C. extra Biblical manuscript quoted by Jude and John, details events of the fallen angels. It describes their punishment and even their names. Some of the Nephilim perished, at least their bodies perished, beneath the waters of the flood. The leaders of this rebellious act were chained until judgment day at various locations in the earth. Jude and John also relate this account. Job 26:5 KJV says, “Dead things are formed from under the waters”. This seems to imply that men were killed under the waters of the deluge.
The original Hebrew text relates something much more mysterious. The literal translation is, “The Rafa were made to writhe from beneath the waters”. The word Rafa is only found in scripture identifying the “fallen angels”, and is never used to denote the “human dead” anywhere in the Old Testament. The historical basis for the interpretation of Gen. 6 as an account of fallen angels is consistent. Philo, Josephus, Epiphanius , Hilarius , are some of many examples.”
The similar religious practices of ancient Rome and the undiscerning modern world are from a common origin. Specifically the bean throwing ritual (The Roman is closer to the legend since the head of the household actually throws beans over his shoulder while looking ahead) is linked to the Phrygian Anatolia legend of the “Great Flood of Deucalion” and the re-population of the earth.
From “The Forbidden Secrets Of The Labyrinth”, Page 70-71:
…King Deucalion’s father, Prometheus, knew that Zeus was about to destroy humanity and instructed his son to build a chest so that Deucalion and his wife, Pyrrha (Greek: “flaming”) might escape. Once the flood was over, Deucalion and Pyrrha touched solid ground on the mountain that towered above the Oracle of Delphi, Mount Parnassus, the mountain of Apollo.
Deucalion consulted the oracle (who apparently survived the flood) about what he should do to repopulate the earth. He was instructed to “leave the temple and with veiled heads and loosened clothes throw behind you the bones of your great mother!”
Understanding that his “mother” was Gaia, Deucalion and Pyrrha picked up rocks. The ones thrown by Deucalion became men and the ones from Pyrrha became women.
Why on the day commemorating the Great Flood would pagan ritual include “masked” individuals roaming neighborhoods seeking recognition and mollification while threatening “mischief”?
The Nephilim before the flood wore “costumes” of human flesh, masking their eternal spirit. After the flood, they continue to exist, continually seeking bodily habitation before the final judgment.
And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. Luk 8:27-33