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|name= Samhain  
 
|name= Samhain  
 
|actor= [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0573134/ Don McManus]
 
|actor= [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0573134/ Don McManus]
|dates= [[Exorcise]]d in 1408<ref name="four07">[[4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester]]</ref><br>Exorcised in 2008 by [[Sam Winchester]]<ref name="four07" />
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|dates= ???? – 1408 ([[exorcised]])<ref name="four07">[[4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester]]</ref><br>2008 (exorcised by [[Sam Winchester]])<ref name="four07" />
 
|location= [[Hell]]  
 
|location= [[Hell]]  
|occupation= [[Demon|Upper-class Demon]]
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|occupation= [[Demon]] [[Demon Mutations|Mutation]]<br>The Lord of the Dead<ref name="essential">[[The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester]]</ref>
 
|episodes= [[4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester]]  
 
|episodes= [[4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester]]  
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|text= Dean, Samhain is the damn origin of Halloween. The Celts believe that October 31st was the one night of the year when the veil was the thinnest between the living and the dead, and it was Samhain’s night. I mean, masks were put on to hide from him, sweets left on doorsteps to appease him, faces carved into pumpkins to worship him. He was exorcised centuries ago.
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|author= [[Sam Winchester]]
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|source= [[4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester]]
 
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==History==
 
==History==
Samhain is a special type of [[demon]]. When he reigned on Earth on Halloween night, people kept their children in that night, wore masks to hide from him, carved pumpkins to worship him, and left sweets at their doors to appease him. In this way, Samhain was the origin of modern-day Halloween. He is known to have had brother and sister [[witch]]es serving him; these witches would later be known by the aliases [[Don Harding]] and [[Tracy Davis]]. At the time, Samhain took Tracy for a lover as well as a servant. In 1408, Samhain was [[exorcise]]d by an unknown force.<ref name="four07" />
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Samhain is a special type of [[demon]] or more a "[[demon mutation]]<ref name="essential">[[The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester]]</ref>". When he reigned on Earth on Halloween night, people kept their children inside and wore masks to hide from him, carved pumpkins to worship him, and left sweets at their doors to appease him. In this way, Samhain was the origin of modern-day Halloween. He was known to have had brother and sister [[witch]]es serving him; these witches would later be known by the aliases [[Don Harding]] and [[Tracy Davis]]. At the time, Samhain took Tracy for a lover as well as a servant. In 1408, Samhain was [[exorcise]]d by an unknown force.<ref name="four07" />
  
 
Samhain can be summoned out of the confines of [[Hell]] by two witches through three human sacrifices over three days, the last of which must occur on the final day of Celtic harvest, the 31st of October, the American Halloween. This ritual can only be attempted every 600 years. As such, Samhain's servants had to wait and prepare until the year 2008 before they could attempt to raise him again. They succeeded, but Don was killed for the third sacrifice and Tracy was murdered by Samhain himself, with Samhain using Don's corpse as his host.<ref name="four07" />
 
Samhain can be summoned out of the confines of [[Hell]] by two witches through three human sacrifices over three days, the last of which must occur on the final day of Celtic harvest, the 31st of October, the American Halloween. This ritual can only be attempted every 600 years. As such, Samhain's servants had to wait and prepare until the year 2008 before they could attempt to raise him again. They succeeded, but Don was killed for the third sacrifice and Tracy was murdered by Samhain himself, with Samhain using Don's corpse as his host.<ref name="four07" />
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==Characteristics==
 
==Characteristics==
Samhain has pale gray (or possibly blue<ref>''[[Supernatural: Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting]]''</ref>) irises, black pupils, and white sclerae.<ref name="four07" /> His unique eye color may mean that he is somewhere between the [[white eyed demon]]s, such as [[Lilith]], and the black-eyed [[demon]]s, such as [[Ruby]].
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Samhain has pale gray (or possibly blue<ref>''[[Supernatural: Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting]]''</ref>) irises, black pupils, and white sclerae.<ref name="four07" />. His unique eye color is possibly be due to his poor eyesight. He could be classified as a third [[white-eyed demon]] as Anna Milton's drawing of him possessing Don Harding shows him displaying white eyes. Howsoever, he's classified as a [[demon mutation]]  together with the [[Acheri demons]], the [[Seven Deadly Sins]] and also the [[Croatoan Virus]].<ref name="essential">[[The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester]]</ref>
  
===Powers and Abilities===
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===Powers and abilities===
* Once on Earth, Samhain can raise supernatural creatures (such as [[ghosts]] and [[zombies]]) at will, without the use of any [[spell]]s.<ref name="four07" />
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* Demonic energy – Samhain can emanate a demonic blast of white energy from his palms that can decimate almost any target.<ref name="four07" />
* Samhain has superhuman strength and durability.<ref name="four07" />
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* [[Necromancy]] – As the Lord of the Dead once on Earth, Samhain can raise supernatural creatures such as [[ghosts]] and [[zombies]] at will, without the use of any [[spell]]s.<ref name="four07" />
* Samhain can emanate a demonic blast of white energy from his palms that can decimate almost any target.<ref name="four07" />
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* Superhuman strength and durability – Samhain strength power far exceed that of regular demons. He was shown to be resitant to [[iron]] as well as the [[demon-killing knife]] when Sam slices his arm. If Sam realized that the whitish-eyed demon is as he self said "So, this demon’s pretty powerful", he has been hinted that Samhain may have been truly immune to it's killing power. <ref name="four07" />
  
 
===Weaknesses===
 
===Weaknesses===
* Unusually for a [[demon]], Samhain has incredibly poor vision. In this way, he can be tricked by obstructions to people's faces (e.g. blood, a mask) into believing them to be dead or non-human, and leaving them alone.<ref name="four07" />
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* [[Demon-killing knife]] – While the knife was able to cause Samhain great pain, it is unknown if it could have killed him. As Sam self said "Might take more than the usual weapons" that means that Samhain maybe truly immune to Ruby's knife.
* The ritual to raise Samhain can only be attempted every 600 years.<ref name="four07" />
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* [[Exorcism]] – Like all demons, Samhain can be exorcised back to Hell. While in Hell, the ritual to raise Samhain can only be attempted once every 600 years.<ref name="four07" />
* It is possible that Samhain can be killed with [[Ruby's knife]].<ref name="four07" />
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* Poor Eyesight – Unusual for a [[demon]], Samhain's eyesight is incredibly poor. In this way, he can be tricked by obstructions to people's faces (e.g. blood, a mask) into believing them to be dead or non-human, and leaving them alone.<ref name="four07" />
* [[Sam Winchester]] is immune to Samhain's white light attack and can [[Exorcism|exorcise]] him with his powers even when low on [[demon blood]], albeit with great concentration and difficulty.<ref name="four07" />
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* [[Special Children]] [[Sam Winchester]] was shown to be immune to Samhain's white light attack and was able to [[Exorcism|exorcise]] Samhain with his powers even when low on [[demon blood]], albeit with great concentration and difficulty.<ref name="four07" />
  
 
==Episodes==
 
==Episodes==
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Wanting to summon Samhain, two [[witches]] named [[Tracy Davis]] and [[Don Harding]] (actually centuries-old siblings) start performing the sacrifices needed to summon Samhain. This draws the attention of the Winchesters and the [[angel]]s as the raising of Samhain is one of [[the 66 Seals]]. [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] kill Don, but Tracy reveals herself and successfully summons Samhain, breaking the seal. Samhain possesses Don's body and recognizes Tracy before killing her. Samhain is unable to tell that Sam and Dean are alive due to a "mask" of blood they smeared on their faces so he leaves them alone.
 
Wanting to summon Samhain, two [[witches]] named [[Tracy Davis]] and [[Don Harding]] (actually centuries-old siblings) start performing the sacrifices needed to summon Samhain. This draws the attention of the Winchesters and the [[angel]]s as the raising of Samhain is one of [[the 66 Seals]]. [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] kill Don, but Tracy reveals herself and successfully summons Samhain, breaking the seal. Samhain possesses Don's body and recognizes Tracy before killing her. Samhain is unable to tell that Sam and Dean are alive due to a "mask" of blood they smeared on their faces so he leaves them alone.
  
Samhain travels to a mausoleum where a bunch of high school students are having a party, locks them in and summons [[zombie]]s and at least one [[ghost]] that attack. Sam and Dean rescue most of the kids and Dean deals with the monsters while Sam faces Samhain. Sam proves immune to Samhain's power so they fight hand to hand, but even with [[Ruby's knife]], Sam is no match for the [[demon]]. Finally, in the end, Sam manages to [[exorcise]] Samhain with his powers and sends him back to [[Hell]].
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Samhain travels to a mausoleum where a bunch of high school students are having a party, locks them in and summons [[zombie]]s and at least one [[ghost]] that attack. Sam and Dean rescue most of the kids and Dean deals with the monsters while Sam faces Samhain. Sam proves immune to Samhain's power so they fight hand to hand, but even with the [[demon-killing knife]], Sam is no match for the [[demon]]. Finally, in the end, Sam manages to [[exorcise]] Samhain with his powers and sends him back to [[Hell]].
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===[[4.09 I Know What You Did Last Summer]]===
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A drawing of Samhain can be seen in Anna Milton's journal. The description says "Samhain. The next seal is broken." In Anna's drawing, Samhain's eyes are completely white, implying that Samhain may be classified as a third white eyed demon.
  
 
==Samhain in Lore==
 
==Samhain in Lore==
Samhain - properly pronounced "sa-win" as opposed to how the [[demon]]'s name is pronounced in the show (which is as spelled) - originated as a Celtic end of summer and harvest festival and was named after the Celtic name for the month. It later became associated with the Christian [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Souls'_Day All Souls' Day], also known as the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) in Spanish cultures. Some of the rituals associated with Samhain are now seen in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween Halloween] traditions.
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Samhain - properly pronounced "sa-win" as opposed to how the [[demon]]'s name is pronounced in the show (which is as spelled). It is the name of a Celtic festival that originated as an end of summer and harvest festival and was named after the Celtic name for the month. It later became associated with the Christian [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Souls'_Day All Souls' Day]. Some of the rituals associated with Samhain are now seen in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween Halloween] traditions.
  
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* [[Tracy Davis]]'s complaint about her experiences when waiting 600 years to summon her master indicates that Samhain was [[exorcise]]d in the year 1408. Stephen King fans might recognize this number as the title of a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1408_(short_story) short story] King wrote which was first published in 1999 and later adapted into a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1408_(film) 2007 movie], about a mysterious, malicious entity that warps the minds of anyone who enters Room 1408 at the Hotel Dolphin, and ultimately kills them. 1+4+0+8 also adds up to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13_(number) the number 13], which has a number of meanings but is most notorious as an unlucky number to the superstitious.
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* Samhain may be classified as a third [[white-eyed demon]], but unlike Lilith and [[Alastair]], his eyes have pale gray irises and black pupils, possibly due to his poor eyesight. Howsoever, Samhain self is etablished to be the Lord of the Dead and an [[demon mutation]] alongside the [[Acheri demons]], the [[Seven Deadly Sins]], the [[Croatoan Virus]]. [[<ref name="essential">[[The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester]]</ref>
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* [[Tracy Davis]]'s complaint about her experiences when waiting 600 years to summon her master indicates that Samhain was [[exorcise]]d in the year 1408. 1+4+0+8 also adds up to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13_(number) the number 13], which has a number of meanings but is most notorious as an unlucky number to the superstitious.
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.religioustolerance.org/hallo_sa.htm The myth of Samhain: Celtic god of the dead]
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* [http://www.religioustolerance.org/hallo_sa.htm The Myth of Samhain: Celtic God of the Dead]
* [http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholidays/Samhain.html Celebrating the seasons: Samhain]
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* [http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholidays/Samhain.html Celebrating the Seasons: Samhain]
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain Samhain] on Wikipedia
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain Samhain] on Wikipedia
  
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Samhain001.jpg
Name Samhain
Actor Don McManus
Dates  ???? – 1408 (exorcised)[1]
2008 (exorcised by Sam Winchester)[1]
Location Hell
Occupation Demon Mutation
The Lord of the Dead[2]
Episode(s) 4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester

Dean, Samhain is the damn origin of Halloween. The Celts believe that October 31st was the one night of the year when the veil was the thinnest between the living and the dead, and it was Samhain’s night. I mean, masks were put on to hide from him, sweets left on doorsteps to appease him, faces carved into pumpkins to worship him. He was exorcised centuries ago.

Sam Winchester, 4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester

History

Samhain is a special type of demon or more a "demon mutation[2]". When he reigned on Earth on Halloween night, people kept their children inside and wore masks to hide from him, carved pumpkins to worship him, and left sweets at their doors to appease him. In this way, Samhain was the origin of modern-day Halloween. He was known to have had brother and sister witches serving him; these witches would later be known by the aliases Don Harding and Tracy Davis. At the time, Samhain took Tracy for a lover as well as a servant. In 1408, Samhain was exorcised by an unknown force.[1]

Samhain can be summoned out of the confines of Hell by two witches through three human sacrifices over three days, the last of which must occur on the final day of Celtic harvest, the 31st of October, the American Halloween. This ritual can only be attempted every 600 years. As such, Samhain's servants had to wait and prepare until the year 2008 before they could attempt to raise him again. They succeeded, but Don was killed for the third sacrifice and Tracy was murdered by Samhain himself, with Samhain using Don's corpse as his host.[1]

Samhain's rise is one of the 66 Seals holding Lucifer's Cage. The summoning of the demon in 2008, during the time the seals were being broken by Lilith's forces, broke this seal despite the efforts of the hunters Sam and Dean Winchester and of the angels Castiel and Uriel.[1]

Characteristics

Samhain has pale gray (or possibly blue[3]) irises, black pupils, and white sclerae.[1]. His unique eye color is possibly be due to his poor eyesight. He could be classified as a third white-eyed demon as Anna Milton's drawing of him possessing Don Harding shows him displaying white eyes. Howsoever, he's classified as a demon mutation together with the Acheri demons, the Seven Deadly Sins and also the Croatoan Virus.[2]

Powers and abilities

  • Demonic energy – Samhain can emanate a demonic blast of white energy from his palms that can decimate almost any target.[1]
  • Necromancy – As the Lord of the Dead once on Earth, Samhain can raise supernatural creatures such as ghosts and zombies at will, without the use of any spells.[1]
  • Superhuman strength and durability – Samhain strength power far exceed that of regular demons. He was shown to be resitant to iron as well as the demon-killing knife when Sam slices his arm. If Sam realized that the whitish-eyed demon is as he self said "So, this demon’s pretty powerful", he has been hinted that Samhain may have been truly immune to it's killing power. [1]

Weaknesses

  • Demon-killing knife – While the knife was able to cause Samhain great pain, it is unknown if it could have killed him. As Sam self said "Might take more than the usual weapons" that means that Samhain maybe truly immune to Ruby's knife.
  • Exorcism – Like all demons, Samhain can be exorcised back to Hell. While in Hell, the ritual to raise Samhain can only be attempted once every 600 years.[1]
  • Poor Eyesight – Unusual for a demon, Samhain's eyesight is incredibly poor. In this way, he can be tricked by obstructions to people's faces (e.g. blood, a mask) into believing them to be dead or non-human, and leaving them alone.[1]
  • Special ChildrenSam Winchester was shown to be immune to Samhain's white light attack and was able to exorcise Samhain with his powers even when low on demon blood, albeit with great concentration and difficulty.[1]

Episodes

Samhain's meatsuit after being exorcised by Sam.

4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester

Wanting to summon Samhain, two witches named Tracy Davis and Don Harding (actually centuries-old siblings) start performing the sacrifices needed to summon Samhain. This draws the attention of the Winchesters and the angels as the raising of Samhain is one of the 66 Seals. Sam and Dean kill Don, but Tracy reveals herself and successfully summons Samhain, breaking the seal. Samhain possesses Don's body and recognizes Tracy before killing her. Samhain is unable to tell that Sam and Dean are alive due to a "mask" of blood they smeared on their faces so he leaves them alone.

Samhain travels to a mausoleum where a bunch of high school students are having a party, locks them in and summons zombies and at least one ghost that attack. Sam and Dean rescue most of the kids and Dean deals with the monsters while Sam faces Samhain. Sam proves immune to Samhain's power so they fight hand to hand, but even with the demon-killing knife, Sam is no match for the demon. Finally, in the end, Sam manages to exorcise Samhain with his powers and sends him back to Hell.

4.09 I Know What You Did Last Summer

A drawing of Samhain can be seen in Anna Milton's journal. The description says "Samhain. The next seal is broken." In Anna's drawing, Samhain's eyes are completely white, implying that Samhain may be classified as a third white eyed demon.

Samhain in Lore

Samhain - properly pronounced "sa-win" as opposed to how the demon's name is pronounced in the show (which is as spelled). It is the name of a Celtic festival that originated as an end of summer and harvest festival and was named after the Celtic name for the month. It later became associated with the Christian All Souls' Day. Some of the rituals associated with Samhain are now seen in Halloween traditions.

Trivia

  • Samhain may be classified as a third white-eyed demon, but unlike Lilith and Alastair, his eyes have pale gray irises and black pupils, possibly due to his poor eyesight. Howsoever, Samhain self is etablished to be the Lord of the Dead and an demon mutation alongside the Acheri demons, the Seven Deadly Sins, the Croatoan Virus. [[[2]
  • Tracy Davis's complaint about her experiences when waiting 600 years to summon her master indicates that Samhain was exorcised in the year 1408. 1+4+0+8 also adds up to the number 13, which has a number of meanings but is most notorious as an unlucky number to the superstitious.

External links

References