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War, Terror, and the Wild Hunt

As the month of November winds down, our exploration of the complex and rich history of the multicultural Wild Hunt also draws to a close. For while some say the Hunt extends well into Solstice Eve, its dreaded appearance is primarily during the time from Samhain till November’s end.

Offering some final thoughts about it, Ari Berk and William Spytma, in their marvelous essay, “Penance, Power, and Pursuit: On the Trail of the Wild Hunt” observe that, “Though found throughout Europe, its origins spreading far back into the mythic past, it must be remembered that the ghostly Wild Hunt is always a local phenomenon. Local heroes of history and legend get called up to join the ranks of a long succession of strange, spectral Hunt leaders, each particular to and retaining something of his or her own landscape and historical period.”

Read the original article at: Owls Wings

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