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Thread #20699 Message #217107
Posted By: Lonesome EJ
24-Apr-00 - 02:00 PM
Thread Name: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
Subject: RE: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
Early Christian belief and ritual was quite comfortably intertwined with existing pagan ritual. The adoption of the existing solstice and equinox celebrations (Samhain, the Vernal Equinox, Beltain, as Halloween, Christmas, and Easter) only being the most obvious examples. Was there a Christian Holy Day corresponding to Midsummer? The incorporation of pre-Christian religious icons such as the Sheel-na-gig, Green Man, and Fountain of Heads into Celtic and Saxon architectural embellishment would suggest that many aspects of "The Old Religion" were acceptable to the primitive Christian clerics. Morris Dancing, deeply rooted in the culture, was probably likewise absorbed as a harmless vestige of the old traditions.