Many assume that the term "Holy Water" indicates church-based water only. This is an oversimplification of a complex concept. The Roman Catholic Church did not invent the concept of Holy Water but adopted it from earlier Pagan use. Various Pagan shrines possessed virtually identical Holy Water fonts. Holy Water is a crucial component of many magical, religious and spiritual traditions, although what constitutes Holy Water and how it's made varies greatly.
Holy Water may refer to any one of a variety of products:
- Jordan River Water
- Church blessed water
- According to British folk tradition, rain falling on Holy Thursday - Ascension Day - may be gathered and used as Holy Water. ...