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In Ancient Rome a kind of Halloween was Celebrated – Mundus Patet

Date 10.31.2017

In Ancient Rome a celebration known as Mundus Patet, marked the day when the grave, which bridged the land of the dead with the land of the living, was opened. We know from ancient sources that these were dangerous days, as the Mundus could draw through the souls of the living. It was forbidden to give battle and to get married, and the doors of the temples were closed. It is no coincidence that similar rites have entered our own religious traditions.

In the image below you see the “Memento Mori” mosaic, Pompeii Officina Coriariorum – Conceria, today held at the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

Happy Halloween – Buon Halloween!