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Swanson: Halloween Comes From Noah’s Flood

Kevin Swanson of Generations Radio has a uniquely bizarre view on Halloween. It isn’t just that he thinks it is a demonic holiday, as many fundamentalists do. He thinks it goes back to Noah’s flood. In fact, he thinks all “pagan” holidays go back to the “global flood” (which never happened). I wonder if he celebrates Christmas and Easter, both of which were pagan holidays?

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  1. Trebuchet says

    Halloween, of course, is very much a Catholic holiday, All Hallows Eve, the day before All Saints Day on November 1. Swanson, of course, probably doesn’t think Catholics are true Christians anyway.

  2. matty1 says

    OK that is weird but what stood out to me was the terrible sin he identified as starting Halloween was that some survivors of the flood were more interested in mourning the dead than celebrating the God who drowned them. Even in fiction the sociopathy shows through.

  3. Artor says

    Halloween, of course, is a thin overlay of Samhain, the Celtic feast of the dead. Funny, the Celts don’t have any global flood myths.

    Ed, is there any way to transcribe these clips? I can’t listen to this crap and eat my breakfast at the same time.

  4. Randomfactor says

    I suspect he may be right. Hallowe’en is a tradition coming from the 99 percent of the world unaffected by whatever local event caused the Flood myth to arise.

  5. bahrfeldt says

    It’s true. Obviously all of the dinosaurs died when they gorged on the candy, tried to swim in the flood, too soon, got cramps and drowned.

  6. Gvlgeologist, FCD says

    So since Noah and his family were the only humans who survived the flood, they must have re-instituted All Hallow’s Eve, right? But they wouldn’t have done that, because Dog spared them because they were good, right?

    OK, now I’m SOooo confused.

  7. Ichthyic says

    Halloween, of course, is very much a Catholic holiday, All Hallows Eve, the day before All Saints Day on November 1

    no, just like christmas, it was a coopted pagan holliday celebrating the fall harvest.

    there is NOTHING original to xianity; it was ALL coopted from previous religions and given a localized facelift.

  8. hunter says

    To get a little pedantic, the events Christians commemorate at Easter and Christmas are legitimate Christian holy days. However, most of the trappings, and in the case of Christmas the actual date, are co-opted from Pagan rituals and customs — Easter eggs and bunnies — even the name, from Eostre or Ostara, the goddess of spring — and Christmas trees, wreaths, gifts, and caroling — the date of Christmas was moved to coincide with the Roman Saturnalia, if I remember correctly.

    As far as Halloween goes, the whole ghosts/spirits thing comes from the fact that Samhain is one of the two times of the year when the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest (the other being Beltane) and that in most traditions it marks the descent of the God into the Underworld after sacrificing himself (or being a willing sacrifice) for the continued prosperity of the community — and that’s actually been incorporated into Easter. (And of course, he is reborn as the Divine Child at Yule — the Winter Solstice, which was the original time of Saturnalia/Christmas — the date got shifted up a bit when the Gregorian calendar was adopted, since the early Church assigned an actual date and not a celestial event as the marker.)

    If you take Christ as an avatar of the Sacrificed God, it all comes together.

  9. Ichthyic says

    , the events Christians commemorate at Easter and Christmas are legitimate Christian holy days.

    legitimate how?

    …days chosen deliberately because of the overlap with already existing pagan celebrations, which they were designed with intent to coopt and displace, as you well note!

    there is NO date for christ’s birth or death (shocker, really, given there isn’t even any real evidence for his life).

    thus, even your attempt at pedantry kinda fails.

    sorry.

    If you take Christ as an avatar of the Sacrificed God, it all comes together.

    no… if you take it that xianity as designed by the Romans (which accounts for the vast majority of the current version) was little more than an attempt at control of a variety of different cultures under a single roof… THEN it comes together.

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