More beings.

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Like always during week days this time of year all the photos are taken the weekend before.

So how about another nasty critter from our mythology? The Nattram. It shows itself during nights and looks much like a raven flying close to the ground letting out a hair-raising shout or a more creaking sound that reminds of the sound a unlubricated carriage wheel. It’s said to the unblessed spirit after a sinner or an unbaptized child that is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the shape of a bird, always low above the ground and always from west to east. It’s believed to fly towards the grave of Christ and can’t rest until it finds it. It goes on all night and can’t rest until the sun goes up.

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It’s always dangerous to get in the way of a Nattram because it is a cruel being that will attack anything living. The only way to escape is to lay on the ground until the sun rises.  Another nice little critter was the Spiritus (or Spertus). A Spiritus was created by a witch or any person skilled in magic together with the forces of darkness to get success and richness. The most common way to create a Spiritus was to tie a human bone to a rope, go and fish in a creek three Thursdays in a row. Another way was to brood a rooster egg in the arm pit, when the egg hatched a small Spiritus crawled out. Roosters did according to legend lay one egg in its life.

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The Spiritus should live in a beautiful carved box made from wood and one had to feed it with spit every day. As long as the person owning the Spiritus did that and didn’t give it anything else that person would stay rich and popular. It was very important that the person spitting to the Spiritus didn’t eat before doing it because the Spiritus would be angry and leave if the person forgot that. It could also take revenge in a horrible way. There was however a big problem owning a Spiritus, the money came from the devil and sort of only was borrowed from him. There was however a way to get free and not loosing ones soul.

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As long as one managed to sell it before one died the devil couldn’t take the soul but it was dangerous to buy a second-hand Spiritus because it could only be sold twice and the one owning the Spiritus last would go to hell to pay back all the money the previous owners had gotten too. So when the third owner died the Spiritus crawled out of the box and crawled up on the chest of its owner to show that he or she was destined to go to hell. So never by a second-hand Spiritus🙂

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There are more beings to be described but next time I’ll tell You about more nice ones, like trolls or gnomes. Well they can be less nice too but it all depends on how they are treated. The fire is burning in the stove and it feels like it is turning towards colder weather again, I don’t mind as long as we don’t get any snow. It’s time for cocoa and perhaps a sandwich or two.

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Have a great day!

8 thoughts on “More beings.

  1. Hi Christer,
    It looks very frosty there today. I notice that the light is not particularly blue yet. Must not be enough snow crystals in the air.
    The creek looks pretty high as well. Those beavers must still be working hard.
    Love the last photo of the deer. Is this a deer we know or is it a new member of the supper club?

    I love how one can get around paying the devil his due by deliberately passing the curse off on to some other greedy person.

    The Nattram just sounds very sad. I never did get the whole idea of original sin and babies being condemned to hell just because they hadn’t been bespoke by some church official. If I were the soul of an unbaptized baby, I think I’d be mad as hell at humans, too.🙂

    It’s very cold but sunny here. The temperature is above freezing but the wind is making it feel colder. I’m glad I’m not a fan of Thanksgiving Day high school football matches. I don’t like having to sit out in the freezing cold to watch someone else run after a ball.

    Enjoy the day.

    • Hi Caryn!

      Those photos were taken last Friday and Saturday🙂 It’s just too dark to take any photos when I come home from work now. That won’t happen until late February I think🙂
      I think it might be Tiny but she’s much bigger now days🙂

      But I think people that did this kind of thing most probably would go downwards when that day came anyway🙂🙂 I mean, they did after all have to dig up a human bone and I guess it needs lots of black magic to make a rooster laying an eg¨g🙂🙂🙂

      Like You I’ve never understood why anyone that never got baptised should go to hell?? Says nothing about that in the Bible if I can remember things right. It was just another way to keep the churchs power over the people. I would get rather pissed off too🙂🙂

      It will get rather cold tonight and it willstay that way for a few days. No thanksgiving here.

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

    • Hi dq!

      There will be more later on🙂

      The Portal is now de leafed and the badgers living there has gone to bed for the rest of the winter🙂

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

  2. Oh my gosh I would be doomed for sure, I would never remember all the rules, I would have to have the rule book handy to handle all the creatures with my memory, the photo of the bark on some of the trees is amazingly rough and thick, like nothing I have ever saw, beautiful photos, great Myths,

    • Hi Laurie!

      Well they didn’t have so many distractions back then, like the internet and tv, so this they could put all thgeir focus on🙂 We however need the book I bought🙂

      I need to take a look at thos trees🙂 but I think many of them are old spruces and birches.

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

  3. Your tales remind me of Grimm!😀 It was on last night and it was a really good one! It involve a very bad creature who also did good. I won’t say more because your seasons are behind us here, I think!😀

    • Hi Cindi!

      Most of thge tales in Grimm has their origin in German folklore and our folklore is often inspired by the german🙂

      They still show reruns of the second season here and I hope they soon will start to show the third season!

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

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