Rites, ritual and renewal: the religious significance of Halloween

Evie Sproat explores the Celtic festival Samhain, Halloween’s earliest ancestor, in which the human world was believed to fuse with ethereal plains of ancestral and demonic spirits.

What can we learn from people who hear the dead?

Do you believe in ghosts? I don’t. Visiting a medium, or otherwise trying to communicate with the dead, was surprisingly common in my North-East Catholic family. I’ve always looked upon the practise with a lot of scepticism and a little cynicism. Medium’s a word for these people, I’d have thought, but some other words, like […]

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