Today is October 31st or Halloween where the ghosts and spirits are said to walk amongst us and to help them blend in, people dress up in costumes of the dead, writes Ruta Mave.
The sights of zombies or walking dead in
ripped clothes and old jeans is a timely reminder to always dress well, because,
according to the movies everyone knows what ever clothes you die in becomes
your forever dead haunting clothes
In opposition to this visual perpetuated
myth, families around the world dress their dead in their finery or their
favourite outfits sometimes with jewelry and personal keepsakes to lie in state
before being incarcerated to fire or earth.
It is a smaller version of the tombs of
Egyptian or Viking royalty who in addition to their riches and finery they were
also buried with food, wine servants and horses to service them in their
This practice of Halloween was seen as
paganism and against the church doctrines and added to the start of persecution
of witches who were always women from 14th century through to the
early 16th century. It was clearly a ploy to keep women in their
place and submissive to the rules of the church.
Quote – “In memory of the dead, rise up and protest against the indulgences of some against the persecution of others. Because we are all equal in the eyes of God.”
The rise of corrupted power by the church
was felt noticeably in Wittenberg, Germany October 31st 1517 where Martin
Luther, a professor of moral theology at the local university, wrote 95
propositions for debate in protest to the Roman Catholic church’s indulgences for
charging money for the forgiveness of sin. He pinned his protests to the castle
church door. It was thought the amount of money raised from these indulgences enabled
the completion of the St Peters Basilica in Rome.
Luther’s act later became termed as the
Protestant reformation where it initiated the split of Christianity into three
teachings to be known as Catholic Protestant and Eastern Orthodox in Europe.
The main principals from Luther’s movement advocated complete control to be
removed from the pope and priests and instead be focused back on the bible as
the sole authority on all matters of faith and conduct and that salvation is by
God’s grace and by faith in Jesus Christ.
Around this time Henry the VIII wanted to
have a male heir to his throne and after his wife presented him with a girl, he
asked the catholic Pope Clement VII to annul his marriage. When he was refused,
he effectively set up laws where the head of state became the head of religion
and the modern Church of England was born.
Church of England is essentially Anglican which
in turn is a major branch of the Protestant reformation. They are also known as
Episcopal and are the third largest Christian communion in the world after the
Roman Catholic church and the Eastern Orthodox church. Worldwide there are over
2.3 billion Christians 1.9 billion Islam, 1.2 billion atheists/non-secular and
1.2 billion Hindu. The fastest growing religion is Islam.
The invitation to debate the doctrines of
the Popes and church behaviour in 1517 changed the nature of secular living and
beliefs and pushed the catholic church to clean up their practices and retrain
Criticism of the Catholic church and
clergy has resurged again and protests and charges have been brought against
men holding positions under titles claiming they are working for God – be they
in a church or an associated education facility, they are hitting the news
Sadly, it is not limited to solely the
church. This behaviour has been found in teachers, coaches, politicians notably
men with power over another are being brought to the justice system.
It is rare to see a man of the cloth
arrested and jailed and as rare but more recently evident is word from the pope
– at least acknowledging the suffering of those abused by men, many of whom
were boys abused whilst in their care. With the scale of cases coming to light
you have to wonder if the rise in homosexuality was not brought about by the
Halloween is the night of horror and
ghosts tricks and treats and at the end of it, especially in many north
American cities, children crash into a sugar induced stupor and parents add
more coins to the dentist fund.
For many victims of abuse, Halloween does
not end for them after tonight, it is something they have to live with forever –
they are like the living dead. They may try to forget but for some haunted by
the memories and betrayal of sexual abuse is too much and the only way to
escape is to cross into that veil beyond.
In memory of the dead, rise up and protest
against the indulgences of some against the persecution of others. Because we
are all equal in the eyes of God.