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Last Night's Supernatural



I am...confused.

Supernatural, like most dark fantasy/horror media, inhabits a basically Christian universe - very Catholic, from what I can see. I don't think other types of Christianity use holy water. That's why crosses and holy water and Christian exorcism words work on the demons.

Dean uses these things all the time. Dean knew that the water Bobby threw on him was holy water. He *knows* holy water is effective on demons. He knows this empirically.

How can he know that holy water exists and not believe in holiness itself? How can he know that there is darkness and not believe there is light - where does he think the tools to fight it come from? How does he think holy water happens? (How DOES holy water happen, btw? Is it just tap water blessed by a priest or are there rules about it?)

If there are demons, there must be angels - especially since Christian mythos has it that demons *were* angels who rebelled. Okay, Dean isn't a supergenius, but he's not stupid and he does employ logic on occasion. If there wasn't a heaven, his arsenal wouldn't work.

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Holy water is water that is blessed by a priest or member of the clergy. But it can also be blessed by a deacon or any believing member of any faith. However, it isn't just plain water. The water must also contain salt.

And I have always found it bizarre that Dean can believe in demons and Hell, but not angels and heaven. That makes no sense to me.

I think Vatican II abolished the salt requirement.

Didn't there used to be also some kind of consecrated special oil in it? Somehow it always seemed to me that Catholicism was much cooler before Vatican II. *g*

(But then even after their reforms they still seemed cooler to me as a kid than the in comparison rather drab Lutheran stuff I was familiar with, not to mention that I've always envied the Catholic regions because they have more public holidays than we get in protestant areas. *grumble grumble*)

You're correct that salt is no longer a requirement for Catholics. But many still use it because in addition to the salt having a symbolic meaning it also has a practical one since it keeps that green slime from growing in the water.

But for people who want to make their own holy water for purification reasons, most 'recipes' still include salt.

Thank you. I had wondered.