An introduction to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft — January 17, 2023, online

An introduction to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft by Anna Björg Þórarinsdóttir, January 17, 2023, 19:30 GMT, online. But also “don’t worry if you miss it – we will send you a recording valid for two weeks the next day.”

“Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft by Anna Björg Þórarinsdóttir

The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft is located in the Westfjords of Iceland, in a small town called Holmavik. This lecture by the director of the museum,

Anna Björg Þórarinsdóttir, will introduce you to the museum and the exhibitions. The European Witch-craze swept across Iceland in the seventeenth century, with over 200 cases and 21 executions. The Museum combines the history of magic with knowledge of magic in Iceland and how it appears in folklore. Join Anna as she talks about the Museum and the spells and objects that are on display. At the Museum, the downstairs gallery represents how magic arts lived in folklore and what people imagined could be achieved with the help of supernatural powers; the upstairs gallery shows who prosecuted and judged the witchcraft cases in Iceland. Also, hear about Jón lærði who is now considered the most significant folklorist of the 17th Century, he left behind a number of publications and drawings that shed light on the spirit of the times. Join us for an evening of Icelandic Magic.”

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