The History of All Souls’ Day, Halloween, All Saints’ Day and Samhain



All Souls’ Day, Halloween, All Saints’ Day and Samhain

Evert Jan Poorterman,
BRUMMEN, Netherlands, 2014

A worldwide commemoration of the dead that goes back to the Great Flood, but we no longer know that… This commemoration of the dead is and was celebrated worldwide by many peoples in the period at the end of October, the beginning of November and even until mid-November. The fact that in later times it was linked to autumn, as the transition from summer to winter, is based on a vague memory of the ‘paradise’ conditions of before the Flood and the winter after the Flood.

I went sniffing around and found a few things. All Souls’ Day is a memorial day of the Roman Catholic Church and is celebrated on November 2. On this day the Roman Catholic Church commemorates all deceased believers. Praying for the deceased was already practiced in the 2nd century BC… says Wikipedia. By establishing All Souls’ Day on November 2, the link between this commemoration and All Saints’ Day is emphasized. All Saints’ Day is a Christian festival that falls on November 1 and is celebrated among Catholics and Anglicans. In the Catholic Church it is a ‘solemnity’. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates the feast, but on the first Sunday after Pentecost, possibly following the example of Lemuria, which is celebrated on May 13. The next day (November 2) All Souls’ Day is celebrated. It is likely that during the ‘Christianization’ of Europe, the festival started to be celebrated around the period of the original pagan festival ‘Samhain’.

Samhain is the Celtic New Year’s festival, which starts on the eve around November 1, but since the Celts used a monthly calendar, this does not coincide with our ‘lunisolar’ calendar. People celebrated the transition from the summer period (possibly related to the ‘paradise’ conditions of before the Flood – warm conditions and always summery) to the beginning of winter (which first manifests itself after the Flood because the planet is now tilted compared to before the flood). Samhain is the Irish-Scottish Gaelic word for the month of November (Saun = the Irish word for the month of November). In Wales this festival was called ‘Calan-Gaeaf’ which means; ‘first day of winter’ or ‘eve of winter’… and here again a comparison is made with the paradisiacal conditions and the winter conditions after the flood. For the Celts it was also a new beginning… of the new year and with the change of seasons and the cycle of life.

Well, that really seems to me to refer to surviving the flood: a new beginning, a new life for the survivors. For ‘pagans’ (followers of nature religions), Samhain is the counterpart of Beltain, a festival to venerate the dead… but first let me take a look at the striking words mentioned and translate them into my discovered ancient language Kwando.

Samhain – SA AM HA IN>, with the meaning; ‘I see-rooted-flows-intense’, or the Flood is rooted in the celebration of Samhain and characterizes the flows of the flood, the intense flows of the flood, because you can bet that that force of nature made a deep impression on people. NI A H(A) MA AS<, with the meaning; ‘turbulent-water-flows-measure-center’, or the ‘degree’ of the turbulent water flows were central to the event that has gone down in history as the ‘deluge’.

Saun – SA UN>, with the meaning; ‘I see unity’, or Saun as the name for the month of November is the memory of the end of the flood and the peace that has returned. NU AS<, with the meaning; ‘permanent center’, or Saun, is also forever the end of the flood, of the unrest and that is central to the experience of people and God let Noah know that such a flood would never happen again and his sign of agreement was the rainbow in the firmament.




If you assume that the entire planet before the flood was wrapped in a very dense cloud cover; A – to block the light of the Sun, B – to have as much land surface available as possible, the sea level was then much lower than now, C – the light of the Sun was evenly distributed in the atmosphere so that even at night the back side of the planet still received light… and D – the heat from the Sun could heat the planet thanks to the filtering of the atmosphere and gradual distribution, so that a zone was created, a band, as it were, around the entire planet where one climate prevailed. The poles were much larger than today and the zone between them was subtropical with a narrow temperate zone breaking off abruptly at the arctic regions of the poles. Thus, the time before the Flood is characterized as ‘paradise’; between the two (para) ice areas, ‘para d’ijs’ is a warm, clammy condition, comparable to a shower cabin or a sauna… and perhaps the Irish SAUN is a memory of that time… it did not rain and morning dew provided the crops, plants and trees of the necessary moisture. Someone once remarked when I proclaimed this that trees need thousands of liters of water and that they cannot get it from the dew… and that is true, if it were not for the fact that before the flood the Sun could not shine mercilessly on the ground because of the dense atmosphere and under that dense blanket, as noted, a humid habitat existed and the air was ‘pregnant’ with water vapor and soil saturated. Para’de’ice, two ice caps and the zone between them… it’s that simple.

Paradijs – PA RA DI ISH>, with the meaning; ‘suitable-rays-diverse-ice’, or Paradise stands for ‘suitable’ and careful and suitable and that refers to the conditioned circumstance of paradise. It was ‘artificially’ created and maintained… and so the ‘rays’ of the Sun were also kept out so that ice could form. H(A) SI ID AR AP/AB<, with the meaning; ’emotions/flows-jaseker-identical-red-worshipped’, or the fact that sunlight did not penetrate, also meant that the Moon, the other planets and the stars were not visible… as well as the star of the gods themselves. That made them emotional, because the flows are identical to the red one worshipped. Their own world. They woke up on a dark world, with minimal light and heat from their star, so they had to protect themselves from the bright light and heat of the Sun, the other star of our system. Completely buried, they also had to miss the view of the Moon, planets, stars and even their own world. And well, that made them emotional. They were closed off from the space surrounding them and therefore there was no connection.

Halloween is a holiday mainly celebrated in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada. On October 31, the children dress up and go to houses to beg for food, which nowadays of course is candy, because it is not called that for nothing; ‘Trick or treat’, because the game consists of scaring the residents and also trying to get the sweets through play. There are illuminated pumpkins next to the houses. There is also singing… and there is a clear similarity with our Sint Maarten. Then the children in the Netherlands, Belgium and parts of France (Region Nord I assume) go door to door in groups and sing; ‘Foekepotterieje foekepotterieje give me a penny and then I’ll go for it again’… apparently also jockeying for money and food, which nowadays is sweets. Some people think that ‘Americanization’, like Valentine’s Day and Christmas, is too commercially structured, while we have our own version; Sint Maarten, which is celebrated in mid-November.

All Souls’ Day or All Saints’ Day with candles en devotion (top) and the celebration of the breakthrough of light (Sun) with St. Maarten in the Dutch language area (bottom)…




What the Pumpkin is in America, in our country it is the illuminated lanterns that the children carry and the Pumpkin, you guessed it; represents a skull/death’s head and of course the light that has triumphed, because after the flood the light broke through. Although not directly related to the flood, the celebration of Christmas is also the celebration of light. Imagine our planet, with a conceivable Earth axis through the middle… and go from the equator up to the Earth’s axis and you will see a kind of pointed hat. Forget the bottom half of the planet and make a trunk from the earth’s axis and hey, you have a Christmas tree… and at the very top the poinsettia. That is the pole star, because it is in line with the Earth’s axis. Christmas is also the celebration of light and the conceivable tree with its star at the top represents the tumbling movement since the flood because since the flood we have been hanging upside down and also crooked, making summer into winter a fact and day and night! Various organizations and denominations criticize Halloween for its ‘pagan’ nature! (partly because of the summoning of spirits…), the horror outfits and the character of spiritualism.

The name Halloween is derived from ‘Hallow-e’en’, or All Hallows Eve. So they celebrate New Year’s Eve on October 31 and New Year’s Day on November 1! The harvest was harvested and the seeds for the coming year were ready, so there was time for a day off. Naturally, at the end of October and the beginning of November, the work on the fields is completed and preparations are being made for the coming winter. That is why November is also the slaughter month. The pig was slaughtered, the meat salted, sausages dried and that was a welcome supply for the long winter months and it also meant that there was less need to keep a pig in the stable and feed it. We also find that ‘pig’ in the Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) celebration as the marzipan candy, as well as pieces of marzipan sausage… and it is of course also the ‘proverbial’ piggy bank; in the stable and in the loft and on top of the shelf as a ‘piggy bank’ for the children. Much of the meaning of ancient customs has almost been lost in our time. Children today have no idea what the background is.

In fact, many pagan festivals are intertwined and are close together on the calendar; All Souls’ Day, Halloween, All Saints’ Day, Samhain and St. Martin’s Day as celebrations of light and the dead, Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) also recalls the creation of man and food rations, Christmas is also the celebration of light and even the birth of the second star; Jesus. New Year’s Eve speak for themselves and Epiphany also has to do with the birth of the star and then I have probably forgotten a few ‘festivals’ that are celebrated by the anthroposophists. The Celts believed that during Samhain the spirits of all the deceased returned to try to take possession of a living body for the coming year! In the fall people returned indoors. Outside, the last willows were pruned, the last coppice was prepared for the winter and inside they wove baskets, made brooms and made themselves comfortable. Supplies of walnuts, chestnuts and hazelnuts, apples in the attic and berries made into jam, apple sauce and pears in pots and meat in the Wimme by the stove ensured that you got through the winter. With flour in bags, a cow in the stable and chickens in the yard and potatoes in the pit and sauerkraut in the barrel.

Halloween – HA AL LU WE EN>, with the meaning; ‘flows-all-subordinate-well-being-Lord’, or Halloween represents the flows of the flood that subordinated everything, especially the well-being of the people and the cause was the ‘Lord of the Heavens’, the great powerful star. And yes, after so much natural disaster, you can certainly cry. ‘Hey hello! I did experience the flood, so I have the right to cry… after all, I lost everything! Halloween certainly also consists of contractions, of pain and sorrow for all the loved ones who have died and hello can also refer to the ‘halo’ that surrounds the second star and what about the ‘halo’, or our own atmosphere that completely disappeared during the revolution of the planet, resulting in the flood. There is certainly more hidden in words if we search. NE E WU LA A H(A) <, with the meaning; ‘nebula-body-voluptuous-creating-water-flows/emotions’, either the flood caused by the ‘nebula body’, or the second star (in the astroid belt) creates a lot of mist as a comet… and caused voluptuous waters. His coming caused the flood and the rushing torrents of water that grew and grew and filled man with emotion. He saw his house washed away and his loved ones taken away. The Flood was an event of enormous proportions. It changed the face of the planet; you could throw away your old atlases, they were of no use to you anymore… People, animals and gods try to make the best of it. Unfortunately, almost everything was swept away and when, after 370 days, Noah finally opened the hatch of the ark, the Sun shone and a new era began; our time! For the Flood was most likely a punishment for the Anunnaki and not for humans. Man was finally free and saw the Sun, the Moon, the other planets and the stars for the first time and was just able to catch a glimpse of the departing second star, which stole away with its tail between its legs like a thief in the night ‘…and so he will soon appear! “Like a thief in the night”.

The Flood as a story can be found in the Bible in the first book of Genesis and we must look for older versions in Sumer, where the Sumerian Gilgamesh epic tells about the flood (clay tablet 11 of the Gilgamesh epic), especially in the Flood story of Utnapishtim. There is also an even older version; that of Atrahasis – the Atrahasis epic and the two lords; Utnapishtim and Atrahasis are the same as the biblical Noah. The Massai (East Africa) also know the flood story and tell of Tumbasnot, a righteous man, who survived the flood with his wife Naipande and their three sons Oshomo, Bartimaro and Barmao… and in India the flood story is also known (as is the case). all over the world!), it is found in an appendix of the Vedas (in the Shatapatha Brahmana to be precise…), where Manu plays the role of Noah. Many Eskimo tribes tell the same story as we read in Genesis and in the Altaic culture in Central Asia they speak of Tengys (the sea) that once covered the earth. Narna and his sons Sozun-uul, Sar-uul and Balyks built an ark at the behest of Ulgen… and the Lakota in America believed that humanity survived the flood because a woman was brought up on a high mountain by an Eagle and they then became twins gave birth to where the Lakotas are said to be descended from.

God instructed Noah and his sons to build an ark. We read that in Genesis.

6:14 – Make thee an ark of gopher wood, with chambers shalt thou make the ark; and you shall pitch it within and without with pitch.

6:15 – And thus you shall make it; the length of the ark was three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.

The format is then; 300 x 50 x 30 cubits (= 150 x 25 x 15 meters) and that size seems to be an ideal proportion for a ship of such dimensions, so that it can hardly capsize… and these size/proportions are nowadays used in shipbuilding as it concerns larger ships. In fact, the ark is a closed long box and, thanks to the seams between the planks sealed with pitch, it is actually a kind of submarine. In the book ‘The Twelfth Planet’ Zecharia Sitchin writes; ‘Even children were attracted to collect bitumen for sealing the seams’ (page 272)… ‘And Utnapishtim shut up the whole ship and gave the structure and all its contents into the hands of Puzur-Amurri, the boatswain’ (page 273 )… and also ‘Let the boat’, said Enki, ‘be a MA GOER GOER – a boat that can turn and roll’. Indeed, only such a boat could have survived an overwhelming flood (page 284).




A MA GOER GOER (also – MA GUR GUR) is a ‘streamlined boat’, because the Sumerian MA GUR (magur) means; ‘streamlined’ and the Dutch word ‘mager’ means ‘skinny’ and that has acquired a negative association with us. A ship hull that is MA GUR is smooth, streamlined and has no protrusions that affect speed, steering or navigation. So a MA GUR GUR is a ship with a very streamlined hull. Completely sealed and therefore resistant to the heavily heaving sea… In Sumer there was also a real submarine, named SHU LI LI. That is a boat that can rise and choose a position (SHU LI LI = elevated-lying-lying and vice versa IL IL U H(A) SE = observing-observing-deep source-currents/seker). Enki ordered Noah to build an underwater boat, a submarine. An Akkadian text mentions that Enki recommended a boat ‘with a roof above and below’, hermetically sealed with ‘tough pitch’… and she should resemble an Apsu boat; a ‘soulili’ (page 283). Soelili is ‘soleleth’ in Hebrew, meaning ‘submarine’.

7:11 – In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that same day were broken up all the fountains of the great deep, and the windows of heaven were opened.

7:12 – And there was a shower of rain on the earth forty days and forty nights.

7:13 – And the same day came Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, Noah’s sons, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with him, into the ark;

7:14 – They, and every beast after his kind, and every cattle after his kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every kind wing.

7:15 – And of all flesh wherein was the spirit of life, two and two came into the ark unto Noah.




7:16 – And those who came came, male and female, of all flesh, as God had commanded. And the LORD closed in behind them.

7:17 – And the flood was on the earth forty days, and the waters increased, and lifted up the ark, and it rose above the earth.

7:18 – And the waters prevailed, and increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the waters.

7:19 – And the waters were exceedingly great upon the earth, and all the high mountains that were under the whole heaven were covered.

And here we move forward a bit in the story…

7:24 – And the waters prevailed over the earth an hundred and fifty days.

And just a little more…

8:1 – And God remembered Noah, and all the beasts, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters were still.




The situation was already different than before the flood, because GOD (the second star…) caused a wind to pass over the earth. That was not the case before. Under the dense atmosphere there was a serene weather system, artificially maintained and extremely sensitive. It did not rain, there was no wind and only in the evening could one enjoy cooling down, because God liked to walk in the ‘coolness of the evening’… but now after the flood and the raining down of the entire atmosphere, there was wind! The clouds were empty and the rain had stopped and so it became quiet.

8:3 – And the waters returned from off the earth, flowing to and fro, and the waters abated at the end of an hundred and fifty days.

8:4 – And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.

Ararat Mountains are approximately 40 by 35 kilometers in size. The Ararat Mountains are a volcanic mountain range with two significant peaks: called Greater Ararat (5137 meters above sea level) and Small Ararat (3896 meters above sea level)… and located in the Armenian highlands. Armenians also call the Small Ararat Mount Sis and Masis (SI.IS.> = ‘yes-is/was’ small, but it is a mountain, smaller than the Large Ararat… MA.SI.IS.> = ‘maat-jaseker-is/was’). Ararat = AR.AR.AT.> = ‘red-red-old/father’, or the mountains are red and connected to the ‘father’, or to Enki through Noah… and vice versa: TA.RA.RA. < = ‘raising-rays-rays’, or the two mountains rise, rise in the landscape and the snow-capped peaks shine in the light of the Sun.

Mount Ararat, seen early morning from near the city of Artashat in Armenia. On the left can be seen the historic Khor Virap monastery.




In general, the flood story in Genesis is dismissed as a fable. No serious scientist will burn his fingers over it. Whenever one speaks of a deluge, one always cites ‘local’ floods that ravaged the Middle East and specifically Mesopotamia, where the Euphrates and Tigris rivers overflowed their banks. There would have been a great flood in India 3100 years before the Common Era and also one in Mesopotamia 2500 years before the Common Era and that is it. These regional floods are of course not comparable to the global flood mentioned in Genesis. So Noah and his family (and others – probably the carpenters and their families…) stayed on the churning waves of the waters for 150 days. Then the ship rested on the rocky bottom of the Ararat Mountains. They remained on board for more than 200 days (371 days total on board, 150 days at sea and therefore 221 days on the Ararat – assuming a year of 360 days before the Flood and 30 days per month, with five weeks of six days and sixty weeks in a year… and 365.25 days after the flood, in which January has 31 days and February 28).

8:12 – Then he tarried seven other days; and he sent out a dove; but she returned no more to him.

8:13 – And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first day of the same month, that the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the ground was dried up.

8:14 – And in the second month, on the seventh and twentieth day of the month, the earth was dried up.

Noach – NU AG>, with the meaning; ‘permanent agitation’, or Noah stayed 150 days in the ark at sea, on the swirling waters, on the strongly ‘moving’ waters (agitation). Conversely, it is GA UN<, with the meaning; ‘guarantor unit’, or the crew formed a unit, a group of survivors and were in harmony with each other, the animals and the situation, because peace had also returned. Noah in primal language is a name that refers to what he experienced; that he was permanently in agitation, moving on the wild waves of the body of water and that afterwards he was guaranteed to form a unity with his family. Ark – AR KE/KA>, with the meaning; ‘red-turning/opening’, or the ark was turned by the arrival of the ‘red’ star… overturned and rolled on the raging waves. AR also stands for ‘effort’ and effort and we can also see the battle of the ark on the waters as such; struggle and turn (Luctor et Emergo = ‘I struggle and come up’… and luckily the ark did too!). AK/EK RA<, with the meaning; ‘first coming rays’, or after the flood, she rested on Mount Ararat and was illuminated by the Sun.

In the book; ‘The Flood’ by the American researcher and writer A. M. Rehwinkel (Uitgeverij Buijten & Schipperheijn, Amsterdam 1988, eighth edition. Original title: ‘The Flood’ – 1951) contains more examples of traditions from peoples of the world regarding the biblical Flood story. We also find in this book a list of peoples who celebrated ‘New Year’s Day’ after the flood… and all those festivals or celebrations fall within the period at the end of October and mid-November. On October 31, November 1 and 2 and on November 11 (Netherlands – Sint Maarten) and on November 17 (the Hindus – festival of the dead –  Durga) and in ancient Egypt (day of the dead on Athur – also on November 17). And I’ll just leave it at this.

There is much more to say in the margins and more parallels to be drawn, but then I get bogged down in details of the celebrations. Broadly speaking, you can say that All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, Samhain, Halloween and Saint Martin’s Day refer to the Great Flood and the loss of all life on this planet… the drastic changes and the new age and the ‘awakening’ of humanity. The process of waking up that the Anunnaki can no longer stop, partly because the kitchen timer is currently expiring and everyone is ‘waking up’. This year, for the first time, the KRO (Dutch tv) paid attention to All Souls’ Day on TV and the death earlier this year of the late Prince Friso was also commemorated again on Saturday, November 1, in the Oude Kerk in Delft.


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