posted on Oct, 6 2009 @ 10:58 AM
oh, i have no pagan issues, being irish, i have an interest in irish myths and traditions. i thought you might be interested in the origin of that
particular tradition when you mentioned it.
i find halloween really interesting, the things being done today are rooted in really old beliefs. the traditions are still carried out even though
the people doing these things, for the most part, don't really have any idea what's going on.
in ancient ireland, head hunting was fairly standard. according to the mythology, a warrior would take his enemies head in battle and put it on a
steak outside the house or hang it from the eves (or on his chariot, but that's not to important to this).
the sidhe would be less likely to cause problems in a house where a great warrior lived, so a house with a lot of heads outside wouldn't be
disturbed. a false head, carved from a turnip, could be used to fool the sidhe. when people went to america they started to use carved pumpkins
on a side note, when i was young, we still carved heads from turnips but the last few years i've noticed people starting to use pumpkins. god bless
[edit on 6/10/09 by pieman]