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Blå Jungfrun: Sweden's Easter Island

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There is an uninhabited wild island named Blå Jungfrun (Blue Virgin) at 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!

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…

It’s not a surprise he called it hideous, it’s really not a pretty sight. Neither beaches nor dunes exist on this wild island, which consists of 1.4 million years old granite. Glaciers have grounded it down to a very smooth and even area.

 Passing sailors were said to be struck with bad luck and bad weather. They say that the sailors have been doing heave-offerings on the island too. I guess that was to please the evil powers there…

The island is called Blåkulla by people, which means “blue hill” because that’s what the island looks like. The red granite rocks are covered with dark lichens, making it at least kinda blueish.

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