Saturday, 30 April 2011
performance documentation (milk)
... "In Christian Europe the old heathen custom of expelling the powers of evil at certain times of the year has survived to modern times. "...
... "In Central Europe the favourite time for expelling witches is, or was, Walpurgis Night, the Eve of May Day, when the baleful powers of these mischievous beings were supposed to be at their height. "...
... "The people believed that on that evening and night the witches were abroad and busy casting spells on cattle and stealing cows' milk"...
Source: The Golden Bough, a study in magic and religion, by Sir James George Frazer, first published 1922; pp560, pp620; Wordsworth Editions Ltd. 1993