Butter Stealing Through Magic

Irish Pagan School Conference Classes 2019

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A look at the widespread fear of the butter stealing witch in Ireland.

The talk will focus on the very real fear people had of these women,

especially at liminal times of the year and the methods used to prevent

and deter them . It will also look at the methods of sympathetic magic

employed to steal the butter profit. Butter and dairy were a big part of

the diet, as well as the household economy, so measures had to be taken

to prevent this from happening.


Individual class presentation recorded at the Irish Pagan School Conference in late December 2019, on Irish Magic & Folklore.


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Shane Broderick
Shane Broderick
Shane is a folklorist based in Cork City. He graduated, with honours, from University College Cork in 2018 with a BA (HONS) in Irish Folklore and Celtic Civilisation. His studies, under world renowned scholars, have given him great insight into Irish culture from the earliest written histories to modern folk practice. He has carried out folklore fieldwork investigating the local fishing folklore of his hometown of Youghal. He is also an accredited national tour guide. His blog “Ireland’s Folklore and Traditions” and Facebook page of the same name cover a vast array of folklore and Irish material of historical and cultural interest. More at - https://irishfolklore.wordpress.com/

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