The Pagan & Genocidal Roots of “Thanksgiving”

As we approach the annual European holiday of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be a great idea to share with you about both the pagan and genocidal roots of this holiday and what it represents.

Since birth, we as a people have been socialized to partake in this holiday every year without having any idea where this celebration stemmed from or how it became so popularized. After all, Thanksgiving was not celebrated by any of our ancestors before they were shipped here to the Americas from Africa or by any of our ancestors that were already here prior to the European’s arrival. We as a people knew nothing about this holiday prior to being enslaved and colonized by the Europeans. Yet, today it’s one of the most esteemed holidays in Black America to both believers and non-believers and we don’t even know (or care) where it came from.

In school, we were taught that the thanksgiving holiday started in the early 1600s when the European Pilgrims and the Native American Indians sat down after making a peace treaty over the land of America and celebrated with each other over a meal, called Thanksgiving. For those of us who are conscious, we know this to be one of the biggest lies in history and that the truth is the Europeans slaughtered the native Americans and celebrated their victory with a meal called, Thanksgiving (which i will discuss in more detail later). But what many of us don’t know is that the celebration of Thanksgiving did not originate here in America, it came from ancient Rome.

The Pagan Origins of Thanksgiving

The celebration of thanksgiving is one of the oldest celebrations in the world. What we know today as Thanksgiving was known to the ancients as a fall harvest festival. Since the reign of ancient Egypt, each culture of people celebrated a fall harvest festival where the community would gather together and eat the last harvest of their crops. And each of these festivals were dedicated to the worship of the God of that particular nation; honoring Him/Her for a great harvest.

The Egyptian’s fall festival was centered around the worship of Min. The Israelite’s fall festival, which is Sukkot; the biblical Feast of Tabernacles, was of course centered around the worship of YAHUAH, the Creator of the universe (Leviticus 23:33-43). The Babylonian’s fall festival was centered around the worship of Marduk. The Persian’s fall festival was centered around the worship of Mithras. The Chinese’s fall festival was centered around the worship of Chung Ch’ui. The Greek’s fall festival was centered around the worship of Demeter. And the Roman’s fall festival was centered around the worship of Ceres.

In the 3rd century, after the Romans infiltrated the faith of the Nazarenes – the Israelite followers of Yahusha who kept the torah – and turned it into the religion of Christianity, they incorporated their customs into it; including their fall harvest festival called, Cerelia, which was rooted in the worship of Ceres, the Goddess of Harvest. The festival was held each year on October 4th and offerings of the first fruits of the harvest and pigs were sacrificed and offered up to Ceres. Their celebration included music, parades, games and sports and a thanksgiving feast. Since Rome was ruling world power, they spread their pagan religion and pagan customs to each of the nations they conquered.

By the 6th century, the rulership of Rome had spread to England and there, the old Roman festival of Cerelia became known as the Harvest Home Festival and later Harvest Festival of Thanksgiving. The Church of England adopted this festival as a religious gathering but the festival was celebrated by both Christians and non-Christians; just like it is today. Over the next 1000 years, the Church of England went through many political battles with Rome over political and religious issues; causing certain groups within the church to split and travel to the Americas in search of gaining power, wealth and religious freedom there.

How Thanksgiving Spread to America

In the early 1600’s, English explorers called, Pilgrims, began traveling to the New World, trading metal, glass, and cloth for local beaver pelts with the Native people living here, called the Wampanoag tribe; whom they called Indians. The success of trades went so well, that King James I of England issued out a royal charter (a decree) for England to claim land in America for England to conduct trade and make a profit. In 1620, the Pilgrims settled in Massachusetts in Indian territory and signed a treaty with the Wampanoag tribe to assure that they would protect them in their land. A year later, in 1621, the Pilgrims had their first corn harvest in America and celebrated their harvest thanksgiving feast to celebrate their good fortune. This was the first thanksgiving celebrated in America, and it had nothing to do with the so-called native Indians at all.

Meanwhile, when word got out in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots from the Church of England called Puritans, began arriving to America by the boat load. The Puritans mostly settled in the northeastern region of America, which was previously named New England by English Explorer John Smith in 1616. In 1620, these Puritans established an English colony in present-day Massachusetts, and later formed the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629, which consisted of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. Although there were already native Indians (from the Pequot tribe) living in these areas, when the Puritans arrived and saw no fences around the land, they considered it to be public domain. Therefore, they (and other British settlers among them) had to seize the land from the natives in order to make it their own; which resulted in WAR.

This war between the Puritans (and their allies from the Wampanoag tribe) and the so-called Indians became known as the Pequot War, and  lasted from 1636-1638. However, the European armies prevailed and many Indians lost their lives in horrific fashion. In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, the Puritan colonist raided the Indian Villages and burned over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe alive. The next day, the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, declared “A Day Of Thanksgiving” to be celebrated in honor of killing the native Indians of the land. In his own words, Governor John Winthrop’s proclaimed: “This day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots.”

After their victory over the so-called Indians, the colonist began to attack other villages; seizing their land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered. Boats loaded with as many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England to other places. Following a very successful raid against the Pequot tribe in Stamford, Connecticut, the white churches announced a second day of “Thanksgiving” to give thanks to their God and celebrated victory over whom they called, the heathen savages. During the feasting, they played soccer with the chopped off heads of the natives and kicked them through the streets like soccer balls.

As other English and Dutch colonizers migrated to the US and settled in other Indian tribal territories, they also raided and murdered various indian tribes that were living their regions. These tribes included the: Lenape, Esopus, Tuscarora, Yamasee, Muscogee, Cherokee, Catawba, Apalachee, Apalachicola, Coyaha, Shawnee, Congaree, Waxhaw, Pedee, Cape Fear, Cheraw, Pays d’en haut, Mingo, and many other tribes. Each of the tribes went to war against their colonizers and many of their members were murdered; presumably followed by a thanksgiving feast in honor of the Europeans victory over the natives.

These Indian killing sprees became more and more spontaneous, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states; mainly in New England and other Northern states. When George Washington became the 1st president of America, he suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Then in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday (while on the same day ordering troops to march against the starving Sioux Indians in Minnesota). And this is how our modern day Thanksgiving Day was born.

How Thanksgiving Was Forced Upon Black America

After the Puritans, Pilgrims, the British, the Jewish and other European groups colonized the Americas and enslaved, transported and murdered the natives from the land, they began the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; which shipped the Native Indians from the Americas to Europe and shipped the Hebrews from Africa to the Americas. Once our ancestors arrived here to the Americas and were sold off to a plantation, they were stripped of their Hebrew family customs and celebrations and forced partake in the those of their slavemasters. These celebrations included the European holidays: Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving.

During slavery, the master’s holidays eventually became highly esteemed by the slaves as well because they were the only days they were given off from their free labor. Some slave owners would even allow their slaves (the obedient slaves) to visit their family members at other plantations. Therefore, the slaves grew to love holidays such as Thanksgiving because it gave them a taste of freedom. And for over 300 years, the slaves were subliminally socialized to take great pleasure in the worship another God, eating forbidden foods such as swine and celebrating the murder of another oppressed people, in whom many were actually their bloodline relatives.

Fast forward to today, we are still celebrating this pagan and genocidal holiday and taking great pleasure in doing so. Every year, millions of black families look forward to Thanksgiving so they can get together with family and give thanks to God for all their blessings, while eating pork, playing bingo, watching the game, and gossiping; just like the pagans of Ancient Rome. We as a people have grown to love Thanksgiving so much that it doesn’t even cross our minds that this holiday was handed down to us by our a slavemasters as a celebration of the death of our own distant relatives. Nor do we even care to know about it.

In fact, for many of us, when the topics of this article is mentioned to families in regards to why we shouldn’t celebrate holidays such as thanksgiving, they get mad at you as if you told them a lie. I know this is the case within my own family and I’ve heard many stories from others who have the same testimony. We as a people have integrated so much into to this Eurocentric society that we have become just like Europeans ourselves; and prefer to hear lies than the truth. Therefore, we will keep the traditions of our oppressors rather than keeping the traditions of our ancestors; and speak out against those who try to tell us that what we are doing is backwards. We are so mentally enslaved today, that what was once forced upon us, is now welcomed by us.


I hope that you will be able to receive the truth about the roots of Thanksgiving and where it came from. I myself used to participate in this holiday just like the majority of Black America but a few years back, after I realized what it was all about, I immediately stopped. Knowing that this holiday feast represents the European’s murder of the indigenous people of this land and then finding out later that it is actually rooted in paganism; I grew to despise this holiday and haven’t acknowledged it since. And it is my hope that by you reading this article that you will be challenged to withdraw your participation from this pagan genocidal celebration as well. Shalom!

Mauryahu Katab

I'm a historian, journalist, and book reviewer dedicated to liberating the minds of my people from falsehoods. I'm also the author of the book series, Wake Up To Your True Identity.

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  • MorahYah ZakahYah December 1, 2017, 3:39 pm

    Great article Brother. Thank you

    • Mauryahu Katab
      Mauryahu Katab December 4, 2017, 4:13 pm

      Shalom! Thanks for your comments!

  • Don December 5, 2017, 12:25 pm

    Thks 4 info…very informative. Trying 2 ween my family off these pagan holidays…do u by chance have an archived article on christmas?

  • SEMOJO YAHMINDAYHARTSELL December 5, 2017, 4:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Mauryahu Katab
      Mauryahu Katab December 5, 2017, 4:42 pm

      You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting!