Who was St. Patrick? The answer involves pirates, snakes, and revelatory dreams.
Category Archives: religion
Where Does Halloween Come From?
Where does Halloween come from? The answer involves community bonfires, ritualized hospitality, and visits from the Otherworld.
The Archetypal Apple
Why are apples seen as the “default” fruit in Western culture? The answer involves Greek myths, Latin spelling mistakes, and English semantic narrowing.
Birthday Candles: Satanic Ritual, Moon Worship, or the Gift of Industrial Revolution?
Why do we blow out candles on birthday cakes? The answer involves Egyptian theocracy, the moon goddess, and (as for many holidays) the mixing of Christian and pagan tradition.