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Egyptian Feast of the Dead
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:08 pm 
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I'm hoping someone can help me with this, about a festival to Osiris. Lisa Morton, in The Halloween Encyclopedia, writes in an article titled "The Egyptian Feast of the Dead",

"The spirits of dead ancestors were guided home by the lights... and were honored with feasting."

I know Osiris has his yearly festival when the days grow short, the nights grow long, and the Nile begins to recede, as I believe it was said. But spirits of the dead being guided home by lights to be feasted? Really?

I've seen it in a few other Halloween books, and the authors are trying to draw a connection with later All Souls' Day customs, but I've been having trouble finding that part in scholarly literature, or at least in finding the original source of the claim. I've found that Halloween is one of those topics where you have to double-check things, and I'm suspicious of these details.


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