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jueves, 27 de noviembre de 2014

Let’s laugh at Death
since nobody asked about the meaning of halloween or really knows it, i'm bringing it back even if halloween has passed away already!
The Word ‘Halloween’ means ‘the Eve of All Saints’, the word ‘Hallow’ meaning sacred refers to the Saints, while ‘‘een’’ or ‘’e’en’’means eve, and refers to the day before. Most people believe that these festivities have developed from a Christian festival. It is the first day of a three-day celebration in which Christians remember the Saints and the Martyrs of their faith. Traditionally, parts of these activities are dedicated to using humour and ridicule to confront the power of death.

But some people believe that Halloween has its origins in a Celtic harvest festival with pagan roots, possibly the Gaelic Samhain which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year.

Given the roots of this Christian/pagan holiday, one has to ask if Halloween has been high-jacked. Modern day Halloween parties seem to have little in common with the original concept seen in the Christian/pagan festivals. It’s a bit like Christmas these days, where the centre of attention is Santa Claus rather than Jesus Christ. At a modern day Halloween party you would meet Frankenstein, Dracula, Werewolves, Goths and zombies. 

These are 20th century inventions. However, there are still some traces of the original festival; traditionally we eat nuts, turnips, apples and pumpkins and use them also as decorations. The use of these vegetables originates from the celebration of Halloween as a harvest festival and the Christian tradition of not eating meat over that three-day period.

Some people express concern about Halloween and its links with the occult. I think that as long as people are sensible it is just harmless fun. So let’s dress up, play games, tell scary stories and keep the original meaning of Halloween by laughing in Death’s face!

texas



I hope you enjoy the Western Texas video. I chose it because of the impressive photography showing the wild beauty of this American State and its extreme weather. I was also impressed by the synchronisation between the images and the music.


The photographs are by Wyman Meinzer, who is the official state photographer of Texas since 1997. He was raised on the League Ranch, a 27,000-acre cattle farm in the rolling plains of Texas, and many of his photographs are from this area, but he has also travelled Texas extensively taking thousands of photographs of the landscape.


One of the outstanding features of Wyman’s work is his ability to capture the extreme weather of Texas. Parts of this state suffer frequent snow storms, high winds and tornados, spectacular electrical storms and intense drought.





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The music is by Doug Smith, a virtuoso pianist, who is from Petersburg Texas. He plays by ear because he cannot read music. He is quite an amazing person; he had a car accident which left him crippled. At first it was thought that he would be paralyzed from the neck downwards, but Doug was determined to think positively and with expert medical help and his determination he learnt to play the piano again. He had lost the use of his legs and feet and was unable to use the piano pedals. This lead to some friends of his inventing a device which allows disabled pianists to use the sustain pedal. Today he insists that the accident was a blessing and continues to bless others with his music.


Texas has abundant and varied wild life and Wyman is well known for his stunning photography; his photos have often been seen on the front cover of well-known wild life magazines. In this video he has also captured the breath taking landscape and impressive weather of Texas; synchronized with the emotive music of Doug I think this video is one of the very best.