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44. Perchta (Germanic Folklore)

44. Perchta (Germanic Folklore)

In today's episode, we celebrate the Christmas season by talking about Frau Perchta from Germanic folklore! We discuss the frightening nature of many Germanic folktales, survival during winter, and the ways that traditions and beliefs get passed down from generation to generation.

Sources:

Wikipedia - Perchta

“Frau Perchta: The Midwinter Goddess” by Yamuna Hrodvitnir

“The Wild Hunt” by Prof. Geller

“Perchta the Belly-Slitter and Her Kin: A View of Some Traditional Threatening Figures, Threats, and Punishments” by John B. Smith