Sitting precariously below sea level and stuck between larger nations often at odds with each other, the Netherlands has always stood at a crossroads. Indeed, the famed secularism of the Low Countries can be seen as essential to the region's survival. But what happens when we take a look outside of the glistening trading cities of Holland? What do we see when we look to the provinces that are often unmentioned during the Dutch Golden Age? This class will focus on the lesser known folklore and cunning arts found in the farmlands and fishing villages of the Northern and Eastern provinces of the Netherlands -- places that sit at their own crossroads of older regional traditions and modern national identity. Topics will include the veneration of mighty dead and folk saints that survived the Reformation, the Duivelbanners who continued to practice their magical arts openly in some provinces into the 20th century, the cultural context of the Witch and the Devil, and the Otherwordly spirits who can both cure and curse.This is a 120 minute, foundational level lecture.About the Presenter:Nay is a wortcunner and armchair ethnobotanist living in the Pacific Northwest. Born to a family of sea-faring storytellers, she took a great interest in ancestral tales of Black Books, elves, and helpful household spirits -- all of which have influenced her current mundane and magical practices. A lifelong student of plant medicine, she has participated in advanced training and taught courses in the fundamentals of herbalism, aromatherapy, and flower essences. She is delighted to share her folkloric and botanical obsessions with you today.
I've Got Friends in Low Places... & Low Countries: Folk Magic in the Netherlands