Sep 24, 2008

Hobby Horses in Folk Magic




After seeing the video, and writing that bit about the 'Obby 'Oss, I became more interested in the history and traditions of hobby horses used in magic, so I'll be doing research and writing an essay on it tomorrow.

9 comments:

Tori said...

Looking forward to reading it! =)

mrsb said...

Can't wait to read it!

Hex said...

Me too!

Aelwyn said...

Sadly, it's going to be pushed back a bit. I ended up in the hospital last night and this morning, and am currently pumped full of morphine and toradol.

Even though I don't blog about personal things on HH, I think I will about this experience, just because it shows the giant failure of the healthcare system in Ontario.

Anyhow, it will get written, just not as soon as I'd hoped, since I'm going to be laying on the couch drugged up for the rest of the week.

Shivian Balaris said...

what happened to it? :-( did I miss it?

Aelwyn said...

I haven't been able to get around to writing it. It's in my head, stewing at the moment. I've been in the hospital, sick with the cold/flu, buying a car, going to school, etc etc etc. So it WILL get written, just not as soon as I'd hoped. :)

Shivian Balaris said...

oh noes! feel better, I love HWH!

Aelwyn said...

Thanks so much! :)

Kristin Dombrowski said...

Hey there, Just thought I'd stop by and suggest a really cool article that might a useful resource for your article on hobby horses. It is called "Some Scandinavian Sacrifices," and is by Jacqueline Simpson. It came from an old issue of Folklore (Issue 78 in 1967), but you can find it online (I found it in at www.jstor.org). I used it to assist me in my quest to discover more about "Scorn Poles," which, basically were curses used during the Viking Era. Large sticks (which were sometimes carved with runes--as in the example used in Egil's Saga) and then driven into the earth. On top of this stick would be placed the head of a horse, facing in the direction where the curse would be directed. Really heavy and grim stuff, but fascinating none-the-less. Anyways, Simpson manages to connect this ancient sacrifice to modern-day Hobby Horses. I totally recommend it. It blew my mind. Best of luck and bright blessings!

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