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Happy Halloween, Vintage – Style!!

Halloween Couple

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October 31, 2014 · 12:05 am

Soul Cakes: A Halloween Tradition

On Halloween in parts of ancient Britain, soul cakes were distributed to the poor. Soul cakes’ origins date at least back to Medieval times. Why were they given to the poor, especially around Halloween? Check out my post at Secret Cravings Publishing on the ancient tradition of Soul Cakes with a recipe, no less. So soft and delicious!

 

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Macabre Halloween – Ossuaries

What to do when you have more bodies than space to bury them in? In Europe this has been a problem for centuries. The solution was to disinter and disarticulate the bones and rebury them with other bones in an ossuary. Some individuals, however, wanted to have reminders of the approach of death and used their creativity in the process. Check out this special room – the Sedlec ossuary – constructed of bones and reflect on the inevitability of death.   Rita Bay

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Macabre Halloweeen – Windeby Man

For modern people, Halloween is a favorite holiday when merchants rake in their second-highest revenues for the year. For early peoples, All-Hallows’-Eve was celebrated the night before All-Hallows’-Day when the Saints were commemorated at Mass. While in some cultures the celebrants look towards ending the harvest and preparing for winter. For others, it represents a time when the physical and supernatural worlds are closest, when the magic rules and the dead walk, even revisiting their homes.

Check out the bog body of Windeby Man which was thought for many years after its discovery to be a girl. It’s actually the body of a young man who died in the first century AD. He did not appear to have been murdered like so many bog bodies. His body did, however, show signs of malnutrition and illness.  Rita

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Halloween Macabre – Grauballe Man

CHECK OUT GRAUBALLE MAN – another bog body preserved 2000+ years by the tannin in the peat bogs.

For modern people, Halloween is a favorite holiday when merchants rake in their second-highest revenues for the year. For early peoples, All-Hallows’-Eve was celebrated the night before All-Hallows’-Day when the Saints were commemorated at Mass. While in some cultures the celebrants look towards ending the harvest and preparing for winter. For others, it represents a time when the physical and supernatural worlds are closest, when the magic rules and the dead walk, even revisiting their homes. The next few days, Rita Bay’s Blog will feature pictures of the macabre. Rita

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Halloween Macabre – Tolland Man

Tolland Man

For modern people, Halloween is a favorite holiday when merchants rake in their second-highest revenues for the year. For early people, All-Hallows’-Eve was celebrated the night before All-Hallows’-Day when the Saints were commemorated at Mass. In some cultures, the celebrants look towards ending the harvest and preparing for winter. For others, it represents a time when the physical and supernatural worlds are closest, when the magic rules and the dead walk, even revisiting their homes. The next few days, Rita Bay’s Blog will feature pictures of the macabre. Rita

Check out the bog body of Tolland Man from the 4th century BC. Murdered or sacrificed, but still at peace.  Rita

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