File 0009/0010: A Very Pagan Christmas

12/18/2020

Pt 1: December 18th 2020 / Pt 2: December 24th 2020

In this two part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan and Halli take a look a three cases of intrigue:

  1. The Winter Solstice: Long before Christmas was a thing, cultures all around the world celebrated the Winter Solstice (or something similar). Halli tells us about some of those practices
  2. Mari Lwyd: December, the days are short, the weather cold. Loved ones are on our thoughts and Christmas is around the corner. It's the perfect time to grab your bros, dig up a horse skull tie some ribbons to it and challenge your neighbors to rap battles for booze and food
  3. Gryla the Christmas Witch: Iceland's version on Santa Clause consists of a witch, her thirteen children and her giant cat who eats children who aren't wearing new clothes!

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Pt. 2

  • Gryla the Christmas Witch

Sources

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