Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Please enjoy this special Halloween edition.
- Ancient Roman rulers were frequently made into gods after death, except Claudius, who became a pumpkin. (About.com via Rogue Classicism)
- Pagans looking to take Halloween off as a religious holiday may want to read this article on religious discrimination in the workplace. (JD Supra)
- Meanwhile, Chicago-area schools cancel Halloween, partially due to religious pressure. (The Patch)
- Learn a bit about Santa Muerte, the Latin American Goddess of death. (Morbid Anatomy)
- Women sick of choosing between being a sexy cat or sexy nurse for Halloween now have the option to dress up as a sexy—¡Dios mio!—Day of the Dead sugar skull. (OC Weekly)
- Zombies can help with understanding theological questions. Because big questions require big braaaiins. (HuffPo)
- Financial planners say Halloween, with its roots in pagan harvest festivals, is the best time to buy stock. (Investors Chronicle)
- Five things you didn’t know about witches. (The Frisky)
- Cat Saturday not enough for you? How about 31 Days of Halloween Kitties? (Gleamings from the Golden Dawn)
- Buzz Killington would like to remind you that pumpkins aren’t just for carving or smashing, you can eat them, too. (Montreal Gazette)
- Finally, because Halloween was originally a pagan celebration, some Christians would prefer y’all celebrate Jesusween instead. In related news, Pagans plan to get revenge by taking over Christmas. Potential names for this new pagan holiday include “Yule,” “Saturnalia,” or “The Winter Solstice.” (Gawker)
Photo by Michael @ NW Lens.