Non-Christian Myth of Halloween Scarecrows: From ‘Death’ to ‘Life’

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 18:09 PM
October 31, 2013

scarecrow-halloween    Uninformed parents, and ‘seeking to please’ churches, calling themselves Christian, often celebrate Halloween and its images as a time for fun and play.  Scarecrows, black cats, witches, and some such symbols, presented as part of Fall ‘rituals’ supposedly to induce a time of celebration.  But celebrating what?

While time and space does not permit total examination of such ‘seasonable’ symbols, a deeper look at scarecrows as ancient and medieval symbolism may suffice. This ‘empty’ being brought back to life once a year may explain it all!

According to Wikipedia, the word scarecrow is related to ‘bogle,’ from which the term ‘bogey’ or ‘bogey man’ is derived, “. . . which is in turn a cognate of the German term word bögge (of which böggel-mann (‘Goblin’) is derived) and possibly the Norwegian dialect word bugge meaning ‘important man.’ claims:  “‘Tattiebogle’ is a Scots word, meaning ‘scarecrow.’ It comes from two separate words, ‘tattie’ which is potato and ‘bogle’ which is a type of monster.” Here too a scarecrow is a monster intended to bring fear, not fun.

In  Gothic myth the dead ‘important man’ is brought to life by a thunderbolt. The Brits and Scots related the term to ‘ghost’ or ‘goblin.’  Hub Pages assert some scholars say: “the scarecrow idea originated in ancient times when a man was sacrificed to appease the gods and to insure a healthy harvest. That man was believed to have been sacrificed and then hung up over the fields.”

Upside down scarecrows are seen throughout Europe and Asia.’s explanation of an upside down scarecrow relates it to the hangman on a tarot card, and as a fear tactic, not for birds but for people:

“The idea of hanging bodies as a warning was used in the past. The ancient Romans left crucified prisoners to send a message to their population. The infamous Vlad the Impaler impaled prisoners of war as a gruesome warning. The scarecrow, impaled and crucified, could have served a similar, if less graphic, purpose.  Call it a Scareman.”
The Shorter Oxford Dictionary explains:  “A scarecrow or hay-man is a decoy or mannequin in the shape of a human. . . halloween_scarecrow_costume_concept_by_iggykoopa14-d5jka27created and brought to life in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts by a witch in league with the devil.”  In the original ‘Wizard of Oz’ story ‘Dorothy’ took a dead lifeless scarecrow off his post and brought him to new humanized life in ‘Emerald City.’

This seemingly harmless image represents something, or someone, much deeper in life or history.  It stands for evil himself, Satan, who visits witch rituals around the world on Halloween, the highest witchcraft celebration of the year.

In ‘Should A Christian Celebrate Halloween?’ in answering:  ‘Is Halloween Devil Worship?’ avows:  “The Druids invented the earliest Halloween celebrations. They were an order of Celtic sorcerers. The Bible condemns all sorcery and sorcerers (Rev 21:8; 22:15); November 1, the first day of the Celtic year, was a feast day to Samhain, lord of the dead, by the Druids.”

That’s the old scarecrow, ‘scareman,’ Satan, lord of the dead. The West Marion Baptist Church further preaches:  “The idolatrous practices of pagans are devil worship, no matter what the worshipper thinks or intends (Lev 17:7; Deut 32:17; II Chron 11:15; Ps 106:35-39; I Cor 10:20).”  Only anti-Christian fiction presents a lie for the truth.  But Christ tells born-again Christians: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8: 32).”

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