November 22, 2015
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A weekly holiday that’s observed in the LV-426 Tradition on Friday nights. It’s derived from the Sumerian shappatu, which was the name of a monthly festival that was held on the full moon. Every seventh day between full moons was considered an unlucky day for traveling or doing any kind of work, since it could attract the attention of evil spirits or even the wrath of the Gods. After the prophet Abraham, the Hebrews decided to observe Shabbat every seventh day and to refrain from traveling or working on that day to avoid offending Yahweh. (As such, the Sabbath is the origin of our concept of “the weekend,” which was unheard of in most ancient cultures.) In early modern Europe, Protestants believed that witches had depraved orgies with Satan on this night. In the 19th and 20th centuries, sabbat was used by anthropologists for the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter days (e.g., Samhain, Beltaine, etc.). This is how the term is normally used by most Pagans today, but we in LV-426 prefer to keep the Sabbath as a weekly event.
A Sabbath offering to Great Seth
Further reading: The Sabbath