From the Library: The Veil is Thin…

The Celtic New Year is regard­ed as begin­ning on what is now Novem­ber 1, and around it falls a three-day fes­ti­val to cel­e­brate the har­vest and the end of sum­mer: Samhain.

The exact ori­gins of the fes­ti­val are shroud­ed in mys­tery, and no doubt much of what we cel­e­brate today has been devel­oped rel­a­tive­ly recent­ly. But nev­er mind.

Samhain has been adopt­ed and adapt­ed by the Catholic Church in the form of All Hal­lows Day… and the night before, All Hal­lows Eve — Hal­lowe’en — by mod­ern neo-pagans among oth­ers.

We might think of it as a time when the veil is thin between our world and the Oth­er­world - not the “under­world” of clas­si­cal myth but instead the Celtic realm of the dead, of the gods and god­dess­es, and of enti­ties such as the Sid­he.

Hal­lowe’en was nev­er a sig­nif­i­cant event in Eng­land until recent years, being much more promi­nent in Ire­land and to a less­er extent in Scot­land. Irish emi­grants prob­a­bly took obser­vance to North Amer­i­ca, and in recent years those tra­di­tions have returned from there and Amer­i­can-style activ­i­ties are now com­mon in the British Isles.

To cel­e­brate the thin­ning of the veil tomor­row, today’s pro­gramme fea­tures a selec­tion of Celtic and oth­er music with an ele­ment of the Unseen Worlds and ancient tra­di­tions inher­ent with­in… a touch of the faerie, per­haps, or the God­dess tra­di­tion.

Join us now, for a jour­ney across the veil between the worlds, to a land of mys­tery.… the land of Tír na nÓg…

• From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin. For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

You can lis­ten now at — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er. (If you want to lis­ten off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address does­n’t work for you, click here.)

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One Response to “From the Library: The Veil is Thin…”

  1. Gabrielle Riel says:


    Yes­ter­day Otenth rolls out a sim­ply amaz­ing study of Steam­punk music, and now today Rik has the most enchant­i­ng and per­fect pro­gram lead­ing to Samhain…

    You guys are *so* good it makes me want to cry from hap­pi­ness, joy and thank­ful­ness.

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