Every year on October 31, when the children of the world parade through the streets dressed as monsters, skeletons and witches, they re-enact a sacred ceremony whose roots are ancient. By receiving their gifts from strangers, on a plane far beyond their understanding the children establish a fraternal exchange between the visible and invisible worlds.
In Pagan Mysteries of Halloween, Jean Markale explains how the modern world still unwittingly honors the transition from the light to the dark half of the year.
Jean Markale (May 23, 1928 in Paris – November 23, 2008) was the pen name of Jean Bertrand, a French writer, poet, radio show host, lecturer and high school French teacher who lived in Brittany. As a former specialist in Celtic studies at the Sorbonne, he researched pre-Christian and medieval culture and spirituality. He published numerous books about Celtic civilization, particularly the place of women in Celtic culture, and Arthurian literature.
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