Hello dears! I hope all of you who celebrate had a wonderful Samhain, Hallows Eve, Day Of The Dead call it what we may it is a time that we give our attentions to the ancestors and yet also as the veil thins between the worlds we herald it's opening by dressing up in costumes and enjoying sweets! Yes whether it's candy corn or sugar skulls this special time of reverence is also one of indulgence for us kiddies big and small.
So what's with all the face painting and goody baskets some might ask? Is this a distraction from the underlying more solemn theme of this time? It has indeed been said by some that such celebrations are a mockery of the true tradition. I tend to disagree.
Think about our tribal ancestors, costumed revels and rituals were often a part of their daily life or at least used quite often. Sweets were often offered to whatever deity was being asked to grant favor to the tribe. In some places though this is sadly becoming more and more scarce this still goes on. We as westerners in a work a day, disconnected world tend to forget this.
So here we are a modern culture who for one magic weekend give ourselves over to embodying the fantastic the wild spirits of shared mythologies, the masks and dances of the shaman! It doesn't matter if you're a candy raver, Goth royalty or the guy who works flipping burgers all week and usually wouldn't be caught dead looking anything other than 'normal'. The Pumpkin King sounds his horn and honey you are there wearing horns, wings, elf shoes...even your dog is in a dress! Beautiful isn't it?
Well I think so. I'm always sad to see it end. We need more play time, more fun, more ritual dances!
In life there are many masks. Why stick with the dull ones? Here's to more veils lifting and a more magical world!
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