Samhain: The Roots Of Samhain

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Paperback / Kindle  Published by The History Press, 2021
EU RRP: €14.99 UK RRP: £12.99
Kindle: £4.99,ISBN: 978-0750998000


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Samhain was the entry point into winter, a time of hardship, cold and hunger.. It was also a time of
introspection, of communing with the dead and the otherworld – themes that have somehow survived albeit distorted, into the modern era.’ The modern celebration of Halloween is derived from the ancient festival of the dead known in Ireland as Samhain. It is from Ireland that most of the Halloween traditions we have are inherited, through the diaspora. Delving into the ancient past, this book uncovers the history of this festival in Britain and Ireland, including the forgotten goddess Tlachtga and the sacred temple of the Druids in county Meath, named after her, where the first Halloween fires were first lit.


Luke Eastwood’s book is filled with the long-forgotten lore of this very important festival, brought back to life. He gathers information from many different sources and brings it all together in this informa- tive work which should be read by all who celebrate the festival of Samhain. Well researched and well written, this work is a little gem for all who follow a Celtic spirituality.

Jo van der Hoeven, author of Zen Druidry and The Stillness Within.

An eloquent, evocative and well researched book which restores Tlachtga to her rightful place at the centre of the memories, traditions and celebrations of the ancient Fire Festival of Samhain, the Celtic New Year . One to be savoured.

Dr Karen Ward, Co-Founder of Slí An Chroí Irish Celtic Shamanism, author and editor of Soul Seers: an Irish Anthology of Celtic Shamanism.

Luke Eastwood gives a thorough and comprehensive overview of the origins and traditions of Samhain in Ireland, especially in relation to Tlachtga, an ancient site, the importance of which is largely forgotten and Samhain’s modern reincarnation as Halloween internationally.

Treasa Kerrigan Archaeologist, Tour Guide, Bean Draoí

An excellent and comprehensive exploration of this fascinating subject.’

Philip Carr-Gomm, author of Druid Mysteries


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