Friday, 2 May 2008

Beltane Fire

The start of May marks the Celtic festival of Beltane - the festival of bright or sacred fire, known as Walpurgisnacht in Germany. It was the beginning of summer in the old religion; people would burn their winter bedding (so much easier than laundering it) lead the animals to the summer pastures, and make sacrifices for a good harvest.

Every five years the Highland Celts would sacrifice humans, usually convicts and prisoners of war. They were either shot with arrows, or burnt alive in huge wicker men.


Anonymous said...

When I hear the word 'beltane' I just think of Marc Bolan.

Read into that what you will.

Gordie said...

Wear your hair long, babe, you can't go wrong.