Samhain Pronunciation & Intro

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Samhain (October 31) is also known as: Hallowmas, Halloween, New Year, Shadowfest, Martinmas, Summer's End, All Hallow Eve, Samhuin and by many other names.

The name of this Greater Sabbat is pronounced in various ways.  I've recorded some of the most common pronunciations you will encounter and you may click on them to hear the variety.

Pronunciations will vary due to geographic location, tradition and training, individual preferences and more. Generally, there is no Absolute and Correct way to pronounce a word. If you are new to the community (or just new to talking to others about it) you may wish to select the more common or popular pronunciations, those marked with ones or twos.

No matter which pronunciation you select, you are bound to be corrected at some point by someone who thinks that his or her pronunciation is the correct one. We suggest that you listen to their reasoning, compare it to what you already know, and in the end choose what works for you. Happy wording! 

Pronunciations are listed from the most commonly used to the least commonly used.

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Further Reading

Pronunciation Guide for Pagan, Wiccan and Witchcraft words.
Samhain Special Sabbat Pages on PaganPath.com
Wikipedia entry for Samhain

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Friday
Author: FridayWebsite: http://PaganPath.comEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Author & Academy Instructor
Friday is devoted to writing books and articles on a variety of Pagan subjects, and is the instructor of the online PaganPath Academy. She has studied and practiced the Craft since 1987, and worked as a professional tarot reader and vice president of a national psychic network for several decades. Currently, she is now a practicing herbalist and ordained minister. As a Master Gardener with a deep interest in permaculture, she is developing the PaganPath Sanctuary with her partner. This long term community project is an edible landscape demonstration, orchard and educational facility for future generations.

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