The Scandinavian Easter witch


by Jenny Nyström
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The Easter witch is a popular character in the
Nordic Easter tradition. In Finland, Denmark and
Sweden alike, it was believed that witches, who were
mainly old, malicious women envious of other people, were
flying around on brooms, hurting cattle and doing other mischief.
In Sweden the belief in witches travelling to Blåkulla on
Maundy Thursday (originally for a sabbath with the
Devil) is still honoured by children dressing up
as witches , knocking the doors in the
neighbourhoods requesting treats

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Bring the Easter eggs...
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Happy Easter, 1945
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Cute Swedish Easter witches, 1956
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Postcard from 1944
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Enköping - Happy Easter, 1941
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Postcard from the 1950s
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Easter witches flying airplanes over a city
postcard by Hildur Söderberg, early 20th century
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Happy Easter!
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