Witches In Sweeden
Sweedish Legend tells of the Easter witches. On Mondy, Thursday, the
Thursday before Easter, it is said the witches ride on broomsticks to have a
meeting with the devil at Blakulla. It is unclear whether Blakulla is an island or
a mountain top, but once there, the witches fill their cauldrons and, while
stirring the steaming concoction, utter incantations.
occasionally white. The Swedish witch is easy to identify because, besides her
cat, she usually has a coffee pot riding on her broomstick or nearby. Greetings
for Easter are "Glad Pask," "Rolig Pask" or "Treflig Pask."
It is the tradition in Sweden on Maundy Thursday for farmers to protect
their barns with witch magic and crosses placed above the door or steel bars
across the door sills. They lock up their plows and never, never leave brooms
around that a witch can ride away. Bonfires are lit and guns shot into the air,
all as means of keeping a witch from the door.
Sweden celebrates Maundy Thursday much like Halloween is celebrated here.
Children dress as witches, carry coffee pots and go from door to door asking
for candy or money.
This unusual Easter celebration is well documented on picture postcards. The
witches with their pets and coffee pots travel through the skies on brooms
shouting Easter greetings.
The Easter witches do not look as scary as the traditional Halloween witch.
Easter witches never dress in the Halloween black. However, they nearly
always wear a babushka. The traditional dress of the Easter witch is a house
dress, belted at the waist, and an occasional apron. The colors are usually red
or green. The Easter witch wears slippers, army-like boots, or even high heels
on her feet -- no set tradition there. The witches can be old women, young
women, or even children; some are attractive, but most are not.
I like our scary American witch better. Don’t you?
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