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What is known almost for certain, however, is that many Keltoi of the British Isles believed in an afterlife called “Samhain beckoned to winter and the dark nights ahead.
Though the figure of Death was originally portrayed as an animated skeleton, the opportunity was quickly seized by the Church and early capitalists to re-purpose this body of enmity in order to target a rebellious subject whom they had both long considered a threat but were now finally strong enough to destroy: the witch.Though widely exaggerated by its enemies, some historians have speculated that the Sabbat was an actual nocturnal gathering of thousands where peasants plotted popular revolts against ruling social enclosures.Given the potentially subversive nature of these massive gatherings, it should be of no surprise then that the “witches” who attended became a target of extermination to the forces of order., Silvia Federici traces the lineage of this mass genocide beyond just the Christian elite’s fear of paganism but to a whole world of generalized peasant revolts and the powerful, undomesticated women who likely organized them.Though this population was likely quite heterogeneous and their activities today may be likened to those of midwives, abortionists, sex workers, and popular healers among others, their enemies were able to collapse their commonalities into the identity of , which could then be surgically targeted for removal.“Despite its contempt for magic, the early church did not organize a full-scale attack against magicians and witches because it was not yet strong enough.
The Christianity of the early middle ages was largely an affair of the King and the upper class of warlords. In addition, early medieval Christians were hampered by a general breakdown of centralized authority in both church and state.
The Tuatha de Danann, a race of godlike, benevolent ancestors chronicled in Celtic mythology, battle against the Fomorians for years, but it takes the Morrigan, a mother god, and the hero Angus Og to finally drive the monsters from Ireland – on Samhain, of course.” In these multiple accounts of Samhain, we can find themes that will come to define Halloween and follow it through its long history – particularly those of liminality, excess, celebration, mischief, darkness, fire, demons, and, perhaps most important to this essay, rebellion.
When I obsessively began researching Detroit’s Devil’s Night a month ago, it was not immediately clear what its connection with this larger tradition would be, but as a began to work backward I began to uncover a genealogy that I couldn’t ignore.
These traditions, including the name of , came later in the Medieval period with the violent imposition of Christianity and its holy days, All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day.
Originally celebrated on May 13 as a remembrance of Christian martyrs who had died at the hands of pagans, (as it was previously known) was moved to November 1st by the Pope and rebranded as a more palatable, positive celebration of “all the saints.” Later, the early Church added All Souls’ Day on November 2, conveniently bookending the celebration with an opportunity to pray for the souls of the deceased that were trapped in Purgatory.
Instead, a highly-organized campaign of indoctrination was introduced from above and spread from to village to village traveling public officials.