I do realise that those cultures are considered primitive by todays points of view, but aren't we ourselves still a bit too? Why do we seek out places outside the cities? Why do we need to have trees around us or reconnect to nature or the earth? Is it just to workout, to play with toys and tools, maybe even relive our childhood or is there more to it; a deeper longing, a need to get in touch? Aren't we looking for something we, over the centuries, have lost?
The huldra is stunningly beatiful, but if you saw her from behind you could see she is hollow with a hole in her back, just like an old tree.
She also has an animal’s tail, in Norway it’s a cow’s tail, but in Sweden it is usually a fox’s tail.
Huldra is very interested in humans, especially men, and rewards those that are kind to her, but she can make your life miserable if you make her angry.
In some traditions, she lures men into the forest to make romance, again rewarding those that gives her satisfaction and often killing those who don’t or refuse her.
Sometimes she marries a local farm boy.When they are married in church, the tail falls off. If the man doesn’t treat her right, she will be incredibly ugly and the husband will suffer greatly throughout the marriage.
And even today many of us outdoorsmen and -women talk about woodspirits and I do not mean just the carved ones. On each and every forum there are examples of people experiencing them, feeling or maybe even seeing them. There's talk about them, not just in a joking way, but sometimes a serious undertone is noticable, too. And let's be honest; how many haven't seen something in the woods that indeed did have a striking similarity to a face, allthough it was completely made by nature.
is it really just our brain playing tricks on us? I don't think so.
Maybe I am being silly or childish, but if that is the case than I cincearly hope to remain that way. Growing up is so boring and monotonous and what is better than trying to hold on to a little bit of that childish view of the world. Feel the curiousness and magic and experiencing that with an more open mind than the narrowminded points of view of an adult.... I like believing I am not alone out there. That there is something more besides the plants and animals... I just know there is a world out there full of wonder!
Speaking of which..... There is a gnomelike figure very popular these days. Here is Sweden he is known as the jultomte or christmasgnome. Many others know him as Santa Claus. In Swedish tradition or folklore he doesn't anywhere near look like the roundbellied, applecheeked, cocacolacoloured santa claus we all know. Here it's a small fellow, living near people's houses or farms, keeping an eye on them and the animals and by all accounts is far more a gnome than a jolly old, round man, dressed in red and white. He hasn't got a sled with reindeer either, but a small sled, pulled by a goat.
Posts like these are made up of thoughts which pop up from time to time. I write them down in this blog and in due time I rewrite them to make an enjoyable tale out of them. One of the reasons is that I simply do enjoy writing, painting with words, if you will..... The paintings aren't always the most beautyfull or artistically acceptable ones, yet I think anything goes. You might think of me as a nut now, but, if not for it's entertaining value, why did you read it all to this end?
I'm sure I did make you smile and wonder, right?