Friday, October 31, 2008

Three Halloween Posts for 2008!

Happy Halloween! To mark this fun holiday I post links to three Halloween-related posts:

The Very Short Geography of Halloween: Irish Catholics not only gave America Saint Patrick's Day but also Halloween combining old paganism with Catholic praying for the souls in Purgatory. Today, with the backing of international corporations Halloween as Americans know it is spreading all throughout the world. But opposition to the Americanized holiday ranges from angry Islamists to Russians to Orthodox.

A Short Historical Geography of Vampires: Old Testament to Twilight. How the mighty stories have fallen.

New England Vampires: It is the 1890s, the telephones ware in some homes, cars are being made, typewriters come into being, and New Englanders are still digging up vampires to burn. All because of really bad soil.

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