As the wheel of the year turns full circle, we end the golden half with the beginning of the darker half and Samhuinn is once again upon us.
Naturally, as is the way of the world, things have moved on, globalisation has taken our native cultures and renconfigured it for kids today, where they celebrate the circle of seasons with 'trick or treat' and easily hollowed out pumpkins rather than the wrist snapping tumshies of yesterday's lanterns.
We no longer disguise ourselves as ghouls to placate or mimic the spirits, instead we send out a troop of nippers guising or galoshin dressed as superheroes, celebrites or popstars. Although as this photo from Dennistoun shows, urban ghouls had changed to nurses and bandidos by the 1950's.
It seems that only the lovely folk at Beltane still get into the pre-Christian pagan ways and get their kit off for a proper fire cleansing hoolie.
Migrants from Scotland and Ireland took guising to the Americas in the 19th century, now it's been returned with added eww. For your delectation and disgust I present the latest American response to Samhuinn....
Kitty litter cake.
There's a recipe here if you're so inclined.
Posted by MMac.