The later fixing of the witch rites on Christian feast days, such as November 1, February 1, May 1 and August 1, was less an effort to parody Christianity than a consequence of the fact that those Christian feasts fell upon the same days as the old pagan festivals. There is no reason why the feast of All Souls, let alone that of St. Walpurgia or the Circumcision, should have attracted the mockery of the witches more than Easter or any of the numerous feast days in the Christian calendar. From November 1 to February 1, the pagans made special ritual efforts to restore the vigor of the sun. Long before October 31 became Hallowe’en, the Eve of All Saints’ Day, it was Winter Eve, when the nod fyr (“needfire”) was kindled to provide hope of the rebirth of the light after the winter darkness to come. Guy Fawkes’ Day is a secular replacement of this old fire festival. Between Christmas and Epiphany the medieval Feast of Fools was often held, where a ritual return to chaos was enacted in the form of licentious reveling; this was essentially a winter solstice rite signifying the beginning of a new year and a new life. The Roman Saturnalia of December 17 24 was such a cosmic renewal rite; the birth of Mithra occurred on December 25, and that of Osiris on January 6, later the Christian Epiphany. On the 1st of January northern Europeans in the early Middle Ages practiced Paleolithic rites designed to preserve and augment the supply of beasts for the hunt during the coming year, rites that called for the waring of the animal skins, horns, or masks. Another ancient fire festival that occurred on February 1 was transformed into the Christian Candlemas. April 30 happened to be the eve of St. Walpurgia, an inoffensive 8th century Anglo Saxon missionary to Germany, was more significantly the eve of May Day, which the Romans had celebrated (from April 28 May 3) as the fertility festival of the Florialia, while in the north it was greeted by the renewal rites associated with the maypole and the “green man.” June 23, which happened to be the eve of St. John the Baptist, was Midsummer Eve, the climax of the fire and fertility rites celebrating the triumph of the sun and renewed vegetation.
There is no part of France more conservative and more devout than Brittany. Here happily linger yet the old traditions, the old courtesies, and the old homely Saints, elsewhere wellnigh forgotten. And so at the little gothic Chapel of Notre dame du haut, near Moncontour, they still pray to S. Mamert, who cures gastric disorders; to Sain Livertin, who with S. Urlou, heals migraine; to S. houarniaule, who makes cowards brave; and S. Meen, who chases away rheumatism and sciatica. S. Cornelius, S. Nicodemus, S. herbot, and S. Thegonnec, watch over flocks and cattle; S. Eloi protects the horses; until recently S. Herve was invoked to guard the wayfarer from wolves, of which one who attacked a peasant was killed not longer than some 40 years ago. The village maidens still stick pins into the statue of S. Guirec at Ploumanach to remind him to bring them a husband soon; S. Tremeur carries his head in his hand; mothers hang tiny shirts and caps before the shrine of S. Languy at Plougastel Daoulas if their children are languishing from any ailment or slow of wit; in the little willage church of Guimilau their patron, the murdered prince, S. Guimilaru has his altar, rich with carven figures and fruit and foliage, all bright with colour and gold, albeit the legend grow faint with years.
Another fire festival, later associated with the Christian feast of Candlemas, was celebrated about 1 February. Another occurred on 30 April, the eve of May Day, which had always been a common date for the celebration of the return of spring. 30 April happened by chance to become the Christian feast of an obscure Anglo Saxon missionary named St. Walpurga, and from this coincidence derives the name Walpurgisnacht or Walpurgisnight. Then, on 30 June, Midsummer’s Eve, the return of the sun and the bounty of summer were celebrated. A Midsummer Night’s Dream preserves the magical atmosphere of this festival.
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. III
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Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. III is divided into 2 parts. The First part of this volume goes over The Catholic Church’s history during the Dark Ages & Medieval Times. These are a some of the things that are discussed: The Castrati (Castrated Boy Choir), Holy Blood & Organs, Jesus’s Holy Prepuce (Foreskin), The Penance & Anathema, The Fish Bishop, Saints that Levitate, The Incorruptible Saints, The Nun Manias, All Religious Holidays explained, The Heretics: The Luciferians, The Spanish Inquisition. The Second half of this book is a focus on the art of the times. These are the subjects reviewed: Monsters & Gargoyles, Castles & Knight Armory, More on Medicine & Magic, More on Werewolves, Demons & Hell, Over 100 Different Black Madonnas & Moorish Saints, The Catacomb Bone Churches, The Bejewelled Saints, Aliens, Astrology & Alchemy………………….
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