5 PAGAN TRADITIONS: How the Ancients Celebrated Beltane (1/7)

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  • Cattle Spell—to protect their livestock
  • Sacrifices and burnt offerings—burning an animal for their pagan gods. SICK!
  • Appeasement of the fairies—dance around bonfire to protect from fairies.
  • Courtship and marriage—collecting flowers when they become of age for a future spouse.
  • Maypole—harness divine fertility. I remember when I was in grade school, there was a playground game called Maypole, which is similar because kids would sing and go around a maypole, holding hands, similar to a ritual. I thought it was a weird childhood game, even though I didn’t really understand it or didn’t think it was a big deal at the time.

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