Halloween and the Fear of Death and the Dead

C.D. MooreStarred Page By C.D. Moore, 14th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This piece started as a poem about facing mortality and ended up including bits about Halloween, the Mexican day of the Dead,Buddhist ancestral worship and Euthanasia.

Halloween

All Hallows Eve is almost here. A night when the evil dead return to haunt the living and must be appeased with treats to prevent unsavory tricks.We seem to have forgotten that Halloween used to be about honoring the saints and the good spirits as well. Death and the afterlife is an uncomfortable topic in our modern western culture. Gone are the days when the dead would be lovingly bathed and laid to rest by their loved ones. We now have funeral homes to do that.

On the positive side, recently , in Canada there has been a discussion about the right to die with dignity and the legality of assisted suicide . Consequently we are being made to think of our own mortality and what happens after death.Still and uncomfortable subject in our culture, but not in more ancient ones.

I hope when it is time for me to depart I will have the choice of natural death or euthanasia as they do in the state of Oregon and Switzerland, but of course with all the checks and balances in place to protect the vulnerable.

Mexican Day of the Dead (Nov. 1st and 2nd)

The Mexicans, on the other hand, do not fear death. they have a day set aside(Nov. 1st and 2nd) when they face it directly and celebrate. They believe, that on these days the spirits of their ancestors are allowed to return for a visit. This is a joyful occasion for with parades, brightly coloured costumes, beautifully painted skulls, music and dancing. The celebration culminates with a visit to the graves of relatives, which are decorated with fresh flowers .Traditionally a meal is shared with the dead, in the graveyard and they are remembered with love, not fear.

Buddhist Ancestral Worship

Chinese Buddhists have shrines to their ancestors in their homes where they offer food to the dead and pray for assistance. Obviously they believe in the afterlife and the continuation of the bonds of familial love and duty. These are no ghouls or evil spirits. These are the spirits of their loved ones who are welcomed to stay and help with the family. The Chinese dress in white for their funerals which are joyful events, meant to honour the spirit of the loved one. In their minds there is less of a barrier between the visible and invisible worlds.

The Stranger

A stranger has come to stay
At first we thought she was a ghost
All l dressed in black with hood and cloak
Lurking in the corners
Jumping out when least expected
We've never seen her face

The Watcher


She watches all we do
An ever present conscience
Reminding us we do not know
And half of life is mystery
She is one of the family
The blackest sheep
Who stands outside the circle of the everyday
A guide to the darkness and the galaxy

Companion

Becoming more familiar
She travels where we go
A constant presence
But changing clothes
No longer black, but blue
Her face we know

Friend


For who can see the sun without the shade
Or appreciate the Spring without the Winter
So we will make a place for this mystery guest
At our table, in our house
And make her friend
And look her in the eye
And she will guide us to the mystery from whence we came
She will lead us to that longed for home again.





Credits:
The paintings are from Wikimedia commons public domain:
Death and Life by Gustav Klint
Witch of Endore by D. Martynov 1857
Lady in Blue by Hugh Ramsay 1877-1906

The photo of the galaxy is public domain by NASA




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I write about spirituality, health, psychology, and ecology. Usually in poetic form (my 1st love) but now I'm venturing into the world of
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author avatar viewgreen
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Very informative article... Thank you for sharing about Halloween and the fear. Have great days.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
21st Oct 2014 (#)

And you have a great day too. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Retired
21st Oct 2014 (#)

A different "take" on death and the celebration we call Halloween. These rituals seem to surrender to whatever positive there is for the sad event that death is.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Le Rain!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Interesting that All Hallows Eve and the Mexican Day of the Dead take place when the Sun occupies Scorpio, the sign of death. Great article C.D.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Yes, interesting ! And how appropriate. Maybe the ancient astrologers set those days.
Thanks Steve!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Day of the Dead in Mexico is an all around folkloric celebration and traditions, in the State of Michoacan in the island of Janitizio its very colorful and in the middle of teh night with prayer and candles above in a helicopter you can see the cemetery is illuminated. Very well the famous drawings of the skulls dressed like in an everyday persons from author Juan Jose Posadas! Congrats on a great piece CD Cheers!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Sounds like you had a wonderful experience , Fern. Thanks!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you C D Moore. My late father assured us - I will not haunt anyone, just carry on with your lives and he has kept his promise!

If birth is a mystery, death will be another. Birth is a celebrated event and we should do likewise for death for those who have completed their long innings here. For me, I like to go when the going is still good here with a thought - what a roller coaster ride, thanks anyway for the blessings to be born - what else for me? siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Love that your dad said he wouldn't haunt you. I'm sure he moved on to higher planes. I'm sure there is lots of life left for you Siva. Blessings!

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author avatar Retired
21st Oct 2014 (#)

You successfully wove together many different elements to create an interesting article. Well done :)

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author avatar C.D. Moore
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you very much R.C.

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author avatar Retired
21st Oct 2014 (#)

You are most welcome :)

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author avatar yugasini
21st Oct 2014 (#)

thanks for posting, have a nice day.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Yugasini!

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author avatar tafmona
21st Oct 2014 (#)

great work here

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author avatar C.D. Moore
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Tafmona!

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author avatar Utah Jay
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

I really do not get into Halloween so much. Oh, I buy candy for the kids and put out a few decorations, but that's it. However I did enjoy this work, very informative.

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author avatar Mutimut
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

wonderful article to share us here.

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author avatar Chrystal J
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

Good article! Thanks for sharing a bit on different cultures ancestral practices and views on death. I'm also in agreement that euthanasia should be a choice in the face of a drawn out death sentence.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
23rd Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Chrystal. I appreciate your comment!

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
24th Oct 2014 (#)

very nice post

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author avatar C.D. Moore
27th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Ajay!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Oct 2014 (#)

oh oh oh...and the pictures are fabulous...sorry have not been around...am doing much on google plus now under carolan nathan...

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author avatar C.D. Moore
27th Oct 2014 (#)

good to see you back Carolan!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
27th Oct 2014 (#)

Nicely done. Happy Halloween!!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
27th Oct 2014 (#)

Happy Halloween to you and your family Phyl!

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Oct 2014 (#)

A great take on Halloween. In our culture most fear death probably due to the fact that we are told that we will be judged for how we have lived this life. I feel that birth and death are one and the same. Blessing.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Well said, Kingwell!

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author avatar n.c.radomes
4th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks for the Halloween and the dead tales; they enriched levels of awareness.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
4th Nov 2014 (#)

You are very welcome N.C.

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