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Did German Witches Brew Beer? The Dark History of Women Brewers

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Something fun …Did the current image we have of witches (pointy hat, broom, cat, cauldron) come from Medieval female Beer Brewers? Did German Witches Brew Beer?? Were female brewers WITCHES? Or were they victims of world-wide hysteria? There has been some interesting speculation lately, so I thought I’d share the bits and pieces I found. […]

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What Is Walpurgisnacht? And How did An English Nun Become Associated with Witches?

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Many legends and traditions in Germany feature Witches.. think about all the Fairy Tales you heard as a child cautioning you about witches. Witches in Germany date back to the pagan times, before Christianity, and some of the celebrations or customs still show up in the modern world. Interestingly, Walpurgisnacht or Hexennacht (Witches’ Night),  Halloween’s […]

The German Easter Holidays- Easter Weekend in Germany

German Smoker Witch- Fun Decoration for Halloween and Walpurgisnacht!

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Richard Glaesser Halloween Witch Smoker, Germany A German Smoker Witch is a fantastic decoration for Halloween, Christmas or even Walpurgisnacht! I know, we associate Räuchermannchen with Christmas… usually they are Santas or Woodsmen…. But, since they are really just decorative incense burners or smokers, it seems perfectly logical that you could use them for other celebrations. […]

The German Easter Holidays- Easter Weekend in Germany