Nidstang means, literally, “curse pole.” The nidstang (sometimes called a “Nithing” or “niding” pole) is an ancient Scandinavian custom of formally cursing or hexing someone. A wooden pole or stake was inscribed with the intended consequence and erected with a ceremony.
A horse’s head or carcass was placed atop the pole in the facing in the direction one wished to send the curse. Today, the nidstang is more likely to be virtual- an internet curse accompanied by a virtual horse’s head (I’m sure the horses are relieved).
|Erecting a Nidstang|