Devils Night Final for Online.pdf
ORIGINS OF THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT
c. 1000 BCE
“The Halloween machine turns the world upside down. One’s identity can be
discarded with impunity. Men dress as women and vice versa. Authority can be
mocked and circumvented. And more important, graves open and the departed
“There are demons at the edge of my vision. There are ghosts in the machine.”
Edgar Allen Poe
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Despite Halloween’s popularity across much of North America, its
history is poorly understood by many of its celebrants, likely due to
its dark, unsavory, and disorderly nature. Though its calendar date
and etymology are undeniably Christian (from “All Hallows’ Evening,” the night before All Saints’ Day on November 1st), the spirit
that animates this Halloween machine is commonly held to originate
from the pagan new year celebrations of the Keltoi people (or Celts)
of what is now known as Ireland (Rogers 11).
The Keltoi, whose name is likely derived from kel-, the Indo-European prefix for “hidden,” were a diverse constellation of Celtic-speaking
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