Happy Summer Solstice everyone!
My latest piece is based on the Danish tradition of the Summer Solstice celebration named Sankt Hans. It is a dedication to the memory of all the women who lost their lives during the witch hunts of the church, with an added touch of deliberate phoenix symbolism. I hope you like it.
It has been celebrated since the times of the Vikings by visiting healing water wells and making a large bonfire to ward away evil spirits. Today the water well tradition is gone. Bonfires on the beach, speeches, picnics and songs are traditional. In the 1920s a tradition of putting a witch made of straw and cloth (probably made by the elder women of the family) on the bonfire emerged as a remembrance of the church’s witch burnings from 1540 to 1693. This burning sends the “witch” away to Bloksbjerg, the Brocken mountain in the Harz region of Germany where the great witch gathering was thought to be held on this day. Some Danes regard the relatively new symbolic witch burning as inappropriate.”
Thank you for reading, I hope you like the artwork and tidbit of information of a part of Danish culture. If you do please share with your friends!