Feast Of Screams: Blogger Guest Post With Carmel

Please welcome Carmel, a great book blogger friend of mine over at Rabid Reads! Carmel has kindly agreed to participate in the Feast of Screams and is here to share some Halloween traditions!

 About The Blogger:

Nothing makes me happier than curling up with a good book. Blogging is a nice outlet for my addiction. I review Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Young Adult books but I have a weakness for all things werewolf. I work full time at one of Canada’s national museums in Ottawa. I’m also studying Web Design part-time.

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 Guest Post:

Most of our traditions and holidays are so old that we no longer know where they originated from or what they mean. The answer is often a far cry from our modern day sparkly versions; if you’ve ever read the original tale of Alice in Worderland by Lewis Carroll you know what I’m talking about. Instead of looking at Halloween itself I decided to explore the history behind the seemingly innocent game of bobbing for apples.

At first glance it seems like an harmless party trick that’s good for a laugh but really it’s about predicting the future and  finding your soul mate. Who woulda thought that a simple apple holds such power!
Like all good fairy tales, this one’s Celtic in origin. In his book, Curiosities of Superstition, Brithish author W.H. Davenport Adams describes the game as follows:

“[The apples] are thrown into a tub of water, and you endeavour to catch one in your mouth as they bob round and round in provoking fashion. When you have caught one, you peel it carefully, and pass the long strip of peel thrice, sunwise, round your head; after which you throw it over your shoulder, and it falls to the ground in the shape of the initial letter of your true love’s name.”

I bet that this is nothing like the version you’ve played!

The apple is also a symbol of the goddess of fruit trees, Pomona. The Celts believed that the pentagram was a fertility symbol and because Pomona was a fertility goddess it was believed that when an apple is sliced in two, the seeds form a pentagram and could be used to determine marriages during Samhain.

Kinda cool but where’s the ick factor?

In the 1900’s marriage and fertility were extremely important because without children your farm would fall to ruin. Under these circumstances a simple game became a matter of life or death!

Yikes! I think I’ll stick to the candy-coated apple this Halloween!
Thank You:
Thank you so much Carmel for stopping by and sharing with us some awesome Halloween traditions!!