By Claude Lecouteux
• Explores medieval tales and folks traditions of muffins, fairies, giants, dragons, will-o’-the-wisps, and demons
• Explains the explicit rites played to barter with the neighborhood spirits and confirm their permission ahead of construction on new land
• indicates how those ideals carried via to fashionable instances, in particular in structure
Our pagan ancestors knew that each woodland has cakes and fairies, each spring its woman, and each river malevolent beings in its depths. They informed stories of giants within the hills, dragons within the lakes, marshes swarming with will-o’-the-wisps, and demons and wild people within the mountains who loved inflicting landslides, avalanches, and floods. They either feared and revered those entities, understanding the significance of appeasing them for secure commute and a wealthy home.
Exploring medieval tales, people traditions, religious position names, and pagan rituals of domestic construction and location choice, Claude Lecouteux unearths the multitude of spirits and entities that when inhabited the land earlier than sleek civilization repressed them into wilderness solitude, impenetrable forests, and inaccessible mountains. He explains how, to our ancestors, enclosing an area used to be a sacred act. particular rites needed to be played to barter with the neighborhood spirits and make sure right placement and safeguard of a brand new development. those land spirits usually grew to become the family spirit, taking over place of abode in a brand new construction in alternate for permission to construct on their territory. Lecouteux explores Arthurian legends, folks stories, and mythology for facts of the untamed spirits of the desert, resembling giants, dragons, and demons, and examines the rites and ceremonies used to achieve their reliable will.
Lecouteux finds how, regardless of outright Church suppression, trust in those spirits carried via to trendy instances and was once a first-rate impact on structure, a power nonetheless obvious in today’s constructions. the writer additionally exhibits how our ancestors’ problem for respecting nature is more and more proper in today’s world.
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Demons and Spirits of the Land: Ancestral Lore and Practices by Claude Lecouteux