SciFriday: Care and Feeding of the Dead

Date: 2020-10-16 00:35:41


We’ve been conditioned to believe that the spirits are somehow more active at this season, but it wasn’t always so.

This week, we discuss the ancient practice of ancestor veneration, including Celtic Samhain, Roman Parentalia, and Amorite kispum, which originated with the veneration of the Rephaim—the spirits of the Nephilim destroyed in the Flood.

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