THE TRADITION OF HOUSEHOLD SPIRITS Ancestral Lore and Practices

Not so very long ago, no-one would have even dreamt of building a dwelling place without first making offerings to assess the mood of the spirit of the site. Only if the response was favourable would the house be constructed. The spirit of place would then become ‘domesticated’ and develop into the spirit of the home and family. These traditions extended well into the 20th Century in some part of Europe, and seem, at one stage, to have been universal. Do these beings still exist or have they gone into hiding because almost no-one believes in, or cares about them? Claude Lecouteux surveys the origins and history of these spirits, and provides an entertaining look at their various characteristics and natures. It would make an excellent read for the person with a passion for things pagan!

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