More details of Halloween Conference speakers, October 15 2016...
Here is a brief outline of a talk to be given on the day by Tommy Kuusela who is a PhD Candidate in History of Religions from Stockholm University.
How to learn magic by going on a year walk
Year walk was a complex form of divination in Swedish folk tradition that could be used for predicting events for the coming year. The year walker was supposed to be not locked up in a dark room without speaking to anyone nor taste any food or drink. At midnight he or she walked to the parish church (or a cluster of different churches), circled it three times (or more) and entered a liminal stage where supernatural beings could appear and challenge the year walker, not least a terrible ghost pig called Gloson or the dead. If he or she managed these tests, glimpses of the future could appear, either in vision or by sounds which could give a glimpse of what would happen in the community during the next year. He or she could also learn magic or acquire a black book of spells. The methods could vary widely regionally. In this paper I will concentrate on the magical aspects of year walk and give examples from the Swedish folklore archives where the goal of the walker is to become cunning or gain a magical object.
Day of Talks on Halloween Past & Present
To celebrate the 2016 exhibition Glitter & Gravedust
October 15 2016
at The Wellington Hotel, Boscastle, Cornwall
10am - 4.30pm
+ Evening entertainment from 8pm
Price includes admission to conference, admission to evening social event and entertainment (drinks not included!), as well as entry to the Museum on Saturday or Sunday.
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