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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806522275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806522272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,045,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Lake on October 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
okay, here is another guy who is getting his information from incorrect places. Samhain(pronounced Sow-en) is Celtic for Summers end, which Halloween is. It is the Celtic new Year. There is no Celtic God of the dead! Feralia was celebrated in February, if your going to write a book or spread around information it might do you well to actually research a bit on your chosen topic. Also going to the Catholic Herald to check on the dates of a PAGAN festival probably isn't the smartest idea in the world. They may have appropriated all of our holidays and twisted them into something Christian, but that doesn't mean theyknow anything about them.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dan Weinstein on October 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is well written and entertaining, but so erroneous it's almost fiction. It would be impossible to note all the historical errors here, but just a few examples: The author tells us the Roman festival of Feralia was celebrated in October (it was celebrated in February); that Pope Gregory added All Souls' Day to the calendar (he died more than 200 years before the first celebration of All Souls' Day); and of course that Samhain was dedicated to the "Celtic Lord of the Dead" (the Celts had no such god). The mistakes just go on and on. If you're buying this for decorating tips or sheer fun, it's fine - but if you want real history this isn't the book.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Halloweener on October 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
I liked this book. It's a popular history not an anthropological tract. The errors cited below were trivial--the Pope Gregory given has the wrong number, for example. As for the Celtic Lord of the Dead, there are two schools of thought. The older one, citing folktales, says yes while the newer one favored by neo-pagans says no. Since the Celts left no written records of their beliefs, an argument can be made for both sides. I prefer the folklore. As for the rest of the book, I enjoyed the section on ghosts and staging a haunted house.
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