Thursday, March 25, 2010

Trick or Treat

Today we get a history lesson. "All Souls' Eve" has its origins in ancient Europe. Culture to culture, eventually to England where "good-hearted celebrators dressed as ghouls or ghosts went "a-souling" door to door... to beg food for the poor."

Sadly, yet another communal celebration bastardized by capitalism.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Will,

    Thank you for this post.

    Ha! I wish I could say I was shocked, but even without a single source, I have very little doubt that this is probably the truth.

    It kind of reminds me of one of the Zen traditions that has also fallen victim to a "communal celebration bastardized by capitalism" - in many contemporary "Zen" centers it is called "Dharma Transmission."

    Thanks again!

    Ted Biringer