Irish-American Witchcraft: Honoring the Álfar on the Equinox

“It appears even that to these black elves in particular, i.e., mountain spirits, who in various ways came into contact with man, a distinct reverence was paid, a species of worship, traces of which lasted down to recent times. The clearest evidence of this is found in the Kormakssaga p. 216-8. The hill of the elves, like the altar of a god, is to be reddened with the blood of a slaughtered bull, and of the animal’s flesh a feast prepared for the elves….An actual âlfabôt. With this I connect the superstitious custom of cooking food for angels, and setting it for them. So there is a table covered and a pot of food placed for home-smiths and kobolds; meat and drink for domina Abundia; money or bread deposited in the caves of subterraneans, in going past”
– Grimm, Teutonic Mythology
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2017/09/irish-american-witchcraft-honoring-alfar-equinox/#TL9X0dXksu5CKI5t.99

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One thought on “Irish-American Witchcraft: Honoring the Álfar on the Equinox

  1. I love how many of the older “myths, folktales and legends” are actually based on real people, events and different races or species of people and/or creatures (dragons and Unicorns for example) The problem is the telling of stories over the years and embleshing them and/or not seeing these people and/or creatures in modern times we forget that at some point in time they co-inside with humans more.

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