The True Origins and History of Halloween
The origins and history of Halloween is a medium-sized class, intended for children 11-15 years old who are interested in learning more about the true origins of Halloween.
Phyllis Southards, MHA, TESOL
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The origins of Halloween is a medium-sized class, intended for children 11-15 years old who are interested in learning more about the true origins of Halloween. Halloween is an American holiday that has gained following all over the world. We began seeing an increase in celebrating the holiday in the early 20th century. But, where did the holiday begin, and why? We will explore the ancient origins of this American tradition. Students will discover what the symbolism of Halloween means....
The history of Halloween is as old as some ancient European cultures. We can trace Halloween or the original holiday Samhain as far as the Celts and Druid cultures. This holiday helped them stay in tune and touch with their ancestors while at the same time also helped them plan for harvest and winter preparedness. This holiday served a practical purpose and over the centuries it has changed. The witch trials of early European and American history constitute a formative event in our civil society’s evolution. They expressed a theocratic mindset supported by civil power over life and death. The significance of this information serves as an object lesson in governance and the world today. As a person who has been researching this topic for over twenty years, I use a wide range of verified sources and different types of sources. I make a point to select my resources deliberately and with the age group and verified data in mind. I have made a practice of collecting, recording, and verifying years of data on the subject of the witch-trails, ancient traditions and teachings, and ancient history and cultural beliefs. I can make connections between various sources of data, processing it into understandable and relatable information. The information taught in my classes is verifiable and based on actual historical records. This class will get the students thinking and generating new questions to ask about our collective pasts. Without knowledge of our past, we undoubtedly place ourselves on a path to repeat those mistakes. I feel confident that I can teach your students objective and unbiased history based on pure historical facts. I have a master's degree in Healthcare Administration, and I am well versed in research and finding definitive information with a minor in cultural anthropology. I do charge a bit more for this class as it is a specialty subject that speaks to ancient and current religions, however, this is NOT a religious class. Thank you Resources: Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, (Santino, J., (1994)). Myths & Legends of the Celtic Race, (Rolleston, T. W., (2020)). The Book of Hallowe'en, (Kelley, R.E., (1919)). The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America, (Levack, B.P., ( 2013)). The Witch-hunt in Early Modern Europe, (Levack, B.P., (2006)). Understanding Celtic Religion; Revisiting the Pagan Past, (Bergholm, A., ( 2015)). Writing Witch-Hunt Histories: Challenging the Paradigm, (Nenonen, M., Toivo, R.M., ( 2013)). Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 4; The Period of the Witch Trials, ( Ankarloo, B., Clark, S., E., Monter, W., (2002)). Witch Hunts in Europe and America: An Encyclopedia, (Burns, W.E.,( 2003)).
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50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Discussing the origins of Halloween involved discussing pagans and the ancient druid culture, and diverse cultures from around the world. All materials are appropriate for children ages 11-15. Please contact me directly for students interested in the course and who are younger or older than specified in this class age guidelines for this course.
Phyllis Southards, MHA, TESOL
Educator, Artist, History Enthusiast, and Space Nerd
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
187 total reviews
143 completed classes
Hello, My name is Phyllis, Welcome to my profile. I'm a retired nurse and hold a master's degree in healthcare administration by personal profession. Over the last four years, I have cultivated and developed strong online teaching skills, that...