Have you ever wondered why is it that witches always use broom as their mode of transportation?
(Image from Shirley O’Reilley)
This article was inspired by Lunga Gxamza who once said that he can use a broomstick to travel, obviously as a joke; and of course with disbelief I opted to research and find out the connection between witches and broomsticks. Out of curiosity... and these are my findings.
Why do witches use brooms?
Anthropologist Robin Skelton suggests the association between witches and brooms may have roots in a pagan fertility ritual, in which rural farmers would leap and dance astride poles, pitchforks or brooms in the light of the full moon to encourage the growth of their crops.
What does a broom symbolize?
Broomsticks are useful storytelling symbols that serve double duty — they are a symbol of female oppression (tied to the house and the drudgery of housework) but also, by leap of imagination, turn into a vehicle by which to escape. Broomsticks may keep a woman housebound, but also afford the imaginative freedom to fly.
What does a witches broomstick symbolism?
In the 15th century, the image of the witch flying on a broomstick first appeared, its meaning laden with sexual and spiritual depravity. As Halloween approaches, it offers a chance to delve into the occult, phantasmagoric, otherworldly, and haunted aspects of our world.
Why are witches on brooms?
The vulgar believe, and the witches confess, that on certain days or nights they anoint a staff and ride on it to the appointed place or anoint themselves under the arms and in other hairy places. Hallucinogens of the time, such as ergot fungus, couldn't just be eaten.
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