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The Shaping of Ulster Presbyterian Belief and Practice, 1770-1840$
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Andrew R. Holmes

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288656.001.0001

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Calendrical Customs and Alternative Beliefs

Calendrical Customs and Alternative Beliefs

(p.89) 3 Calendrical Customs and Alternative Beliefs
The Shaping of Ulster Presbyterian Belief and Practice, 1770-1840

Andrew R. Holmes (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter describes and assesses the various customs and beliefs in which Presbyterians indulged at springtime, Halloween, and Christmas. Presbyterians observed holidays because they marked the passing of the seasons and allowed them the opportunity to relax. They utilized alternative beliefs and practices because they made practical sense and accorded with a belief in God who was omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. The efforts of reformers to eradicate anti-social and superstitious aspects are addressed, and comments are made about the persistence of these customs and beliefs.

Keywords:   calendar, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, fairies, charms, alternative beliefs

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