Folklorist Jonny Dillon speaks to Dr Billy Mag Fhloinn about the origins and mystery of Halloween on the folklore podcast, Blúiríní Béaloidis.

The festival of Samhain has since ancient times been considered as a major turning point in the ritual year. In marking the threshold of darkness and the end of the season of light, the eve of Samhain (observed all over Ireland at sundown on the 31st of October) is characterised by heightened supernatural activity, a return of the ancestral dead, divination magic, mischief, ritual disguise and the suspension of normal modes and rules of behaviour.

For this edition of Blúiríní, Jonny is joined by a special guest, Dr. Billy Mag Fhloinn. Billy is a folklorist, archaeologist, author and lecturer, whose book 'Blood Rite: The Feast of St. Martin in Ireland' was published in 2016, and who has contributed to international television productions by the BBC, PBS and the National Geographic Channel.

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