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.

2 comments:

fathorse 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.