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PostPosted: 28-04-2014 20:11    Post subject: House Wights? Reply with quote

I'm interested in Germanic paganism and have been developing this idea for a while in traditional northern european folklore each house has a "Wight" a sort of familiar spirit or guardian of the house. The Wight must be "kept onside" by being left little offerings such as milk and oatcakes, and by being shown respect.

If respect is not forthcoming the Wight can turn against the people living in its house and be responsible for events which sound very like polt phenomena, banging, smells etc.

As the old ways have withered and died out is it possible that house wights have to become active because the respect and offerings are not given?
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PostPosted: 28-04-2014 20:15    Post subject: Re: House Wights? Reply with quote

Mouldy13 wrote:
I'm interested in Germanic paganism and have been developing this idea for a while in traditional northern european folklore each house has a "Wight" a sort of familiar spirit or guardian of the house. The Wight must be "kept onside" by being left little offerings such as milk and oatcakes, and by being shown respect.

If respect is not forthcoming the Wight can turn against the people living in its house and be responsible for events which sound very like polt phenomena, banging, smells etc.

As the old ways have withered and died out is it possible that house wights have to become active because the respect and offerings are not given?


Oatcakes left out ,banging and smells?

Sounds like rats to me...
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PostPosted: 28-04-2014 20:52    Post subject: Re: House Wights? Reply with quote

drbates wrote:
Mouldy13 wrote:
I'm interested in Germanic paganism and have been developing this idea for a while in traditional northern european folklore each house has a "Wight" a sort of familiar spirit or guardian of the house. The Wight must be "kept onside" by being left little offerings such as milk and oatcakes, and by being shown respect.

If respect is not forthcoming the Wight can turn against the people living in its house and be responsible for events which sound very like polt phenomena, banging, smells etc.

As the old ways have withered and died out is it possible that house wights have to become active because the respect and offerings are not given?


Oatcakes left out ,banging and smells?

Sounds like rats to me...


Or it could be the cantankerous old boy next door.
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PostPosted: 28-04-2014 21:11    Post subject: Re: House Wights? Reply with quote

Mouldy13 wrote:
As the old ways have withered and died out is it possible that house wights have to become active because the respect and offerings are not given?


Wouldn't virtually everyone have a disgruntled house wight, then? I can't speak for anyone else, but I've given almost no respect to my house wight. Tell a lie, I've given completely no respect to my house wight. I don't even believe in him. So, I can hardly claim surprise from the fact I haven't heard a peep from him/her/it.
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PostPosted: 29-04-2014 20:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. They probably have other things to worry about than whether we notice them or not. If you ask something of them, it's always good to give back, obviously.

If leaving offerings, it's ancestors first, then if you want, any spirits that might be living with you, then the gods.
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PostPosted: 29-04-2014 20:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Start believing in your house wight, and referring to it...see if that changes anything Smile
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PostPosted: 29-04-2014 23:40    Post subject: Re: House Wights? Reply with quote

Mouldy13 wrote:
I'm interested in Germanic paganism and have been developing this idea for a while in traditional northern european folklore each house has a "Wight" a sort of familiar spirit or guardian of the house. The Wight must be "kept onside" by being left little offerings such as milk and oatcakes, and by being shown respect.

If respect is not forthcoming the Wight can turn against the people living in its house and be responsible for events which sound very like polt phenomena, banging, smells etc.

As the old ways have withered and died out is it possible that house wights have to become active because the respect and offerings are not given?


That's what we call a 'Nisse' in Norway.
Even though it's an all year being living in secret on people's farms, they are often associated with christmas because it was popular to offer it porridge in christmas time. Several hundred years ago it might have been usual to set out food to the being through the whole year.


http://magazine.magix.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2010/12/NisseFox.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MCTpFOp_z-4/UpkGFaLGAdI/AAAAAAAABz0/NwoLWLV9wjw/s1600/Nisse+og+sauer+i+fjoset.jpg
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PostPosted: 01-05-2014 12:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

We also used to call them brownies - it's where the Brownie Guides got their name - the little house spirits which could be very helpful if you kept them onside.
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PostPosted: 13-05-2014 12:35    Post subject: Re: House Wights? Reply with quote

SameOldVardoger wrote:
Mouldy13 wrote:
I'm interested in Germanic paganism and have been developing this idea for a while in traditional northern european folklore each house has a "Wight" a sort of familiar spirit or guardian of the house.


That's what we call a 'Nisse' in Norway.
Even though it's an all year being living in secret on people's farms, they are often associated with christmas because it was popular to offer it porridge in christmas time.


Yep - same in Sweden including the porridge.

And at Easter we slaughter a goat and hang it in the barn so that the Nisse's evil twin can eat someting too.

I might have made that last bit up.
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