There is an uninhabited wild island named Blå Jungfrun (Blue Virgin) on Sweden's east coast which is believed to be the island where the Swedish Easter witches is partying with the devil. Yes, Sweden got Easter witches, not Easter bunnies!
It’s believed that the Swedish Easter witches flew off on broomsticks like in the vintage card above, but the cat used to be a black cat symbolizing the devil. I think this witch look rather kind and not so wild as the others I’ve seen.
No one know exactly when it all began, at least in the beginning of 1800, but probably even long before that. Like all traditions, it has changed quite a bit during the years.
To travel to the Swedish Easter Witches Island, they used anything, not only brooms but even with all kind of things or animals.
The famous Swedish scientist Carl Linneaus who visited the island in 1741 wrote:
… women and fairy-tales … generally say that all witches will go here (truly a rather difficult journey) each Maundy Thursday; but those who have visited the place once are not likely to return, and should find out the reason for the fable: If any place in the world looks hideous, this is surely one of the most cruel…
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