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Bitchy Witchy

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During the witch hunts in Europe each country had their own witch lore.

In Norway and Sweden they were what you would expect. Women who did magic and could fly using anything from broomsticks to their husbands.

In Denmark however witches weren't believed to have the power to fly. Their favorite transportation was a horse at night.

And in Iceland and Finland performing magic was seen as a male thing, so Christians had a hard time convincing the natives witches were women. Instead men got burned and only one or two women were killed.

30th October 2013

Tagged in Finland Denmark Sister Sweden Sweden Iceland Norway

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4 months ago #9535619        



Look at Finlands little blush!

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18 O
1 year ago #9439777        



Awww, poor Sister Denmark... She's grounded. :c

1 year ago #9421829        



The witch burnings sucked, they really did...
But, Iceland riding a demon?
Too adorable!


19 M
4 days ago #9583156        



I love that Ice is riding a demon

2 months ago #9562383        

0 the Anime 'Strike-Witches' the finish witch is one of my favorites... :D

2 months ago #9554636        



Yeah, and because Iceland had (has) so little wood, there'd only be a small fire. Really barbaric, those Christians.


26 F
5 months ago #9519633        



Aww poor sister Denmark

6 months ago #9509823        



Finland like ''What am I doing here"

7 months ago #9500834        



look at fin! XD

10 months ago #9472208        



Have you seen this kind of story, but must remember that "in Viking time " word Finn mean normally same as Sami.

The Development of the Orkney Witch

Traditionally the first "witches" in the islands were said to have been "Finns".

It was said that these characters, probably the indigenous inhabitants of northern Norway, had travelled to the islands with the earliest Norwegian settlers, to whom they may have served as slaves.

The Finns were powerful sorcerers with renowned healing abilities, as well as power over the weather and sea. In most cases, they were regarded as benign - precursors of the later island wise-women.

The Finns were so ingrained into the folklore of Orkney that up until the early years of the 20th century, the appellation "Finn" was often attached to anyone known to , or suspected of, practising "granderie" - e.g. the Sanday witch, Baabie Finn.

Over time, however, the lore surrounding the Finns developed - or merged with an existing tradition - into the dreaded Finfolk and selkie-folk of sea-lore. This change probably coincided with the "demonisation" of these wise-women's arts.

On top of this was overlaid the lore of the Norse witch-like wise women found throughout the Icelandic sagas.

"Norway was, and still is, home to two distinctly different people - the Norwegians, and the indigenous inhabitants of Northern Scandinavia, the Saami.

Referred to in the Old Norse sources as "finnar", the Saami were regarded as great sorcerers with the power to control the weather, travel great distances in magical trances and shapeshift - usually into the form of a sea animal or bear.

The Saami led a nomadic life, with a completely different culture and society to that of their Norwegian neighbours.

They lived primarily in the far north of Norway in a territory known as "Finnmark". The Finnmark of ancient times was much greater than the current area, with records showing that the Saami were also found in areas of southern and eastern Norway.

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