The History of Thanksgiving

Throughout history mankind has celebrated the bountiful harvest with thanksgiving ceremonies.

Before the establishment of formal religions many ancient farmers believed that their crops contained spirits which caused the crops to grow and die. Many believed that these spirits would be released when the crops were harvested and they had to be destroyed or they would take revenge on the farmers who harvested them. Some of the harvest festivals celebrated the defeat of these spirits.

Harvest festivals and thanksgiving celebrations were held by the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Hebrews, the Chinese, and the Egyptians.


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  1. Thank you for the excellent history :) Here is an old post from the Darvish blog on Thanks
    Giving, which includes a Rumi poem.

    http://darvish.wordpress.com/2006/09/17/thanks-giving/

    Peace and Many Blessings!

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