.:.Closer to the Garden Once more.:.
An Interview with Sarah Anne Lawless
The time of year has come again when skeletons dance and children learn the joy of imaginary humour. Sweets galore and skulls everywhere, Samhain (SOW-in) has been turned into a carnival deprived of the tricksters touch. Behind the curtain, is a celebration to honour the dead that is as old as the dirt our ancestors are buried in. What is perceived is a mockery of the “supernatural”, and various misunderstandings of traditions such as the ‘ol Jack-O-Lantern,. This particular carving of the pumpkins is, in truth, a representation of the Irish leaving decapitated heads on doorways, perhaps as a warning to enemies or malevolent spirits. Another popular image is that of the Witch, an old lady with a big hat, crooked nose, mole, broom, and for some reason…
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