While researching my previous post about Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht, I was surprised to learn that there are a couple of Christmas or Yule witches in Europe. The two main witches I came across were as different as night and day. Reading their stories made me think of the line from Wizard of Oz "Are you a good witch or are you a bad witch?"
Earlier this year, before Jeremy went off to recruiting duty, we thought that he would be sent to Germany for recruiting duty instead of central Illinois. It seemed to make sense that with us already OCONUS that the military would save money by sending us to another OCONUS location. Sadly, it was not meant to be. But before we found out for sure, you better believe I researched the heck out of Germany, its culture and its traditions.
The last week or so at our house has been interesting, to say the least. Different things have been happening that may or may not be related. We are still sorting through it all. The first thing that happened definitely startled me.
This weekend I received a gift from my Reddit Secret Santa. They had given me a lovely dream catcher, a headband, a yarmulke, and a dreidel. They are both Native American and Jewish. I was really touched that they wanted to share their culture and faiths with me. Being the kind of person I am I wanted to know more about their culture, especially since it was still Hanukkah. I started researching different aspects of the religion but by the end of the evening I somehow ended up looking up various Jewish demons and ghost which led to today's post. During my research, I came across Dybbuks and Ibburs.
A few weeks ago a post went viral about a woman named Amethyst Realm (yes, that is her real name) who claimed she was engaged with a spirit she met while vacationing in Australia.
I am a lover of horror movies. Especially creepy ones that deal with spirits, folklore, or urban legends. So when I found out that they are making a movie of La Llorona to be released a few days before my birthday in April, I was over the moon. You can check out the trailer here.