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RV: witches and broomsticks Lerual





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> De: Lerual <lerual@impsat1.com.ar>
> A: Medievale <listproc@uqam.ca>
> Asunto: RE: witches and broomsticks
> Fecha: domingo 20 de julio de 1997 12:48
> 
> 
> > Lynn H. Nelson wrote:
> > 
> > > I would be hesitant about reasoning that the portrayal of witches
> > > riding
> > > brooms is based upon the gender connection that brooms are a women's
> > > implement. It always difficult to know what connections people see in
> > > symbolic representations, but I might note that children have used
> > > broomstcks, both those in use and those worn out, for pretend horses
> > > for a
> > > long time. It could very well be that the connection between a
> > > boomstick
> > > and riding was a good deal stronger in the minds of medieval
Europeans
> > >
> > > than in modern generations.
> > >
> > 
> > It could also be, quite simply, that a broomstick is the only common
> > household item that has the length and thinness to be easily 'ridden'
by
> > a child - a case where form suits more than one function!
> > 
> > Bruce
> 
> I think we must not forget to consider that the broom sticks and women
> riding it may have a sexual meaning, possibly associated with some
> "satanic" rituals.
> 
> Lerual