a large fire built in the open air, for warmth, entertainment, or as a signal.
[1375–1425; late Middle English bone fire fire with bones(from sacrificial victim) for fuel
May Day, May Pole dances and the lighting of bonfires go back thousands of years.
The months of late April through early June were a time of celebration for the god Beltaine and his many incarnations throughout time. Beltane or Beltaine is known by other names such as Kronos, Saturn, Milcom , Moloch and Baal Hammon.
In Rome it was the festival time of the goddess Flora and people decked out their religious sites with greenery to honor her.
The ashes of the bonfires were smeared on faces and foreheads.
The religions these so-called gods spring from are the source of the tradition of passing things through fire, jumping over fires , lighting bonfires for communal celebrations and holidays and the sacrifice of children.
But it is not only the religion of the ancients who have incorporated bonfires into their observances despite the clear warning not to do such things. These abominations continue even today in all religions on earth.
Have you heard the child's rhyme, "Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. Jack jump over the candlestick!" It is a reference to this pagan rite of passing things through fire for purification. Even today people light bonfires and leap over flames, back and forth as if it were a game. But it's ugly origins were no game and upholding traditions rooted in false religion is wrong.
"Fire, fire burning bright, in the forests of the night".. these were the grove fires of ancient times.
In ancient times houses and temples were decked with greenery and white flowers in honor of Moloch/Beltane/Flora. Dairy foods and eggs was considered a good way to honor these gods and custards of cheese, eggs and milk were the foods of choice for holidays in the spring season. All this glossed over the murder of children and other dark insidious traditions by lending a festive air to the days.
On Eadar dà theine Bhealltainn,the Gaelic incarnation of this 'holiday', cattle and other animals as well as
people were passed between two large bonfires to purify them. Cattle were purified because Moloch had the head of a calf. The passing between two bonfires was a substitute however for the original sacrifice of children and babies to the disgusting moloch. In those ancient times children were burnt alive to this abomination.
Toddlers were 'given the tonsure' or given their first hair cuts before being passed through the fire.
Bonfires are lit to scare away demons as well. Weddings and celebrations were banned because of the silly belief that demonic creatures walked the earth during the holiday.
Later when the pagan origins became an embarrassment to people who now had newer religions, they simply lit bonfires in the spring to celebrate various religious and secular holidays, like May Day for instance or many so-called religiously inspired holidays.
Whatever their guise today, they are just as much abominations as they ever were.
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Deut 12:30
Bonfires are totally pagan in origin and have no other source in history.
Why would anyone partake of these traditions knowing this? Yet, over the years these pagan traditions have insinuated themselves into religious observances as well as secular holidays. But even with the gloss of religion added they are still an abomination.
May Day became particularly popular with Communist nations. It never took off in the United States but in recent times the far left use the day for demonstrations against the United States.
Communists have long used the day to spread dissatisfaction and discontent. Many today have not experienced the methods used by Communist infiltrators in the 50's and 60's to disrupt American life, but many seemingly innocent things hold ugly meanings and origins.
On May day, the high point of the worship of these gods, the people danced around a pole, a phallic symbol. The dancing around the pole with ribbons was part of the ancient fertility ceremonies of Babylon.
None of these traditions stayed in Babylon, however. They eventually found their way into many religions and holidays of today.
|Kupala a night of nakedness, fire dancing and jumping|
Most know that bonfires have absolutely no connection with any decent observance at all but many don't care and find excuses why it is alright for them or their religion.
As it grows dark bonfires are lit to celebrate beliefs that are millenia old and associated with the darkest and most vile aspects of human religious culture.
Cover these practices with any excuse you want, their real origin remains a stench and a stain that is not easily wiped away.