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GROUNDHOG DAY

IN EUROPE, CELEBRATING CANDLEMAS TOOK PLACE SIX WEEKS AFTER THE SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR. BEAR WAS PREPARING TO GO INTO THE ‘WORLD OF THE BEYOND’ ON   
BEHALF OF HUMANKIND. BECAUSE HE COULD NOT ENTER WITH HIS BODY, IF AFTER HIS SIX WEEKS OF
PREPARATION, HE STILL SAW HIS SHADOW, HE COULD NOT PROCEED. HE HAD TO RE-ENTER HIS CAVE AND PREPARE FURTHER.
SIX WEEKS LATER, IF HE DID NOT SEE HIS SHADOW,HE HAD BECOME A GOD AND HE WAS ABLE TO ENTER THE ‘OTHER WORLD’ FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANKIND.
IN TIME, THE BEAR RITUAL BECAME THE BADGER RITUAL AND THEN THE GROUNDHOG RITUAL.

BECAUSE THE BEAR ‘DIES’ IN THE WINTER AND COMES BACK TO LIFE IN THE SPRING, THE BEAR WAS THE ORIGINAL SYMBOL OF RESURRECTION. IN THE CHRISTIAN WORLD, THE BEAR, A GODDESS SYMBOL, WHAS TURNED INTO A SYMBOL OF THE DEVIL AND JESUS BECAME THE SYMBOL OF RESURRECTION.