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October 31, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

GPS standard. For the spirited.

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Not so easy to brush off strange dark shadows.©

GPS standard for them. Perpetual calendar and Old Farmer’s Almanac included.

Only explanation for assorted “dumb” critters and butterflies finding their traditional winter resorts.

Do humans have some long forgotten genetic code triggered by shorter days and cooler temps, too? 

Fall seems to rattle the skeletons in human closets.

Samhain, All Hallows Eve, Halloween, Día de los muertos, All Saints’ Day.

Countless rituals and festivals with a dash of fright and night.

While every conqueror slapped their own mask on existing local celebrations, the original spirits continue to haunt.

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Ghost busters? You see her there – profile of a woman looking to the right? Stopped by, but left no message.©

Could there be a single origin of fall rituals from long ago?

Before the continents drifted apart, environments changed, and people wandered off over failing land bridges…

Whoa. That would have been a stellar event. Seriously spooktacular.

Would explain a lot commonality. But any evidence of any of that – dust in the wind.

Mankind’s known history isn’t long. People also have short memories, not to mention after battles the invaders tend to destroy what irritates them.

Evidence could be buried under oceans, ice sheets, desert sands or in rubble from earthquakes or volcanoes.

Maybe it’s like that dusty cabinet of curiosities in an ancient relative’s house.

You don’t get to open it up or handle the items until you are old enough to be careful and really understand what you are looking at.

Meanwhile, we can pretend.

Phil the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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Halloween and Día de los muertos: not quite the same…yet. (Hope they don’t fly off and lose their way)

The ancient ones in Mexico and Latin America thought their ancestors returned on the wings of monarch butterflies each fall to visit. There was/is much joy when the monarchs finally arrive. Bright colors and flowers are painted everywhere to welcome them.

Tears had no place in mourning for Aztec families as it was thought tears and sadness would delay the dead on their path. Nov 1 is when children’s spirits return and the adult ancestors/relatives are welcomed Nov 2.

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A tangle of light and dark: humanity.©




  1. easyweimaraner / Oct 31 2016 8:12 am

    we “celebrate” the gaelic begin of winter today… but I hope we can enjoy warmer temperatures for a while before it gets cold :o)Happy Howl-o-ween :o)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 31 2016 8:34 am

      Happy Holler-Ring! I think they got the requests backwards – it’s expected to be over 85 F this afternoon – probably a record ( It was 29 F one year not too long ago – that was the first time kids had to wear coats for trick or treating.)
      Welcome winter (please not too much chill too early!) Thanks for joining the pack here for Howl-o-ween!


  2. Kate Crimmins / Oct 31 2016 1:46 pm

    Locally the kids celebrated Halloween (or all Hallow’s Eve) but their parents celebrated All Saints Day with beautiful flowers on the graves of ancestors. It made quite the weekend. There must have been wine somewhere too.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 31 2016 4:13 pm

      Regions have such different traditions. We never had All Saints Day except in books. Sounds really lovely. PRobably a lot of family stories shared then. Thanks for slipping into the twilight zone with a comment ( almost time for the littlest spookie ones to appear here)

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  3. D. Wallace Peach / Oct 31 2016 2:19 pm

    I’m also intrigued by the similarities of some myths/superstitions/celebrations across continents. Could it be they go back millions of years or were they carried to new lands on ancient ships? It’s fun to speculate. 🙂 👾


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 31 2016 4:17 pm

      You know how an old woven shawl will unravel and a thread can attach itself to someone who unknowing travels off with that thread trailing along? Could be like that. So much unknown to us was once known. Certainly is something to ponder. Thanks for flying along

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  4. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Nov 1 2016 5:32 pm

    Thank you for the links – I am excited to learn some more on something I know very little about!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 2 2016 2:53 pm

      Cinco de mayo, a celebration about a battle, is actually much bigger in TX than in Mexico. It’s gotten to be a comercialized event supported by beer companies and places with Mexican food. Dia is an ancient festival – kinda hope it stays true to itself. (Another reason to take care of Monarch butterflies) Thanks for dancing by!

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      • Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Nov 4 2016 6:33 am

        Hey, even us up here celebrate Cinco de Mayo. And by “celebrate,” I mean we use it as an excuse to have margaritas.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 4 2016 9:00 am

          Perfecto (just avoid calling it Mexican Independence Day like the bars/restaurants in DC. Geesh, so much shallow talk about “learning others’ culture and traditions…) No problemo. Cerveza para todos. 🙂

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  5. Ally Bean / Nov 2 2016 9:24 am

    When I was kid Halloween was all about fun, then All Saints Day was all about seriousness. Kind of a balancing act between the two emotions that foreshadow the coming cold days of winter. Now it’s all one big stew of various holidays, and I like that better. So much more depth of flavors.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 2 2016 2:47 pm

      All Saints Day really wasn’t celebrated much here.
      Halloween was huge when we were growing up. Mobs of kids (all 6th grad or under – older kids had parties of handed out candy at home) We traveled blocks and blocks usually filling 2 big grocery sacks at home…we had to periodically go home and dump out treats for going back out. Spooky dry ice fog, popcorn balls, caramel apples – all the best houses were mapped out days ahead of time. Great fun until that guy gave his son poison candy for insurance money (not far from us). Froze the whole hoilday.
      But with Halloween and Dia, the fun is starting up again – never enough parties, festivals, and food!
      Thanks for adding a treat of a comment

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      • Ally Bean / Nov 2 2016 3:12 pm

        Sounds like it was lots of fun.


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