Nidstang (Nithing Pole)

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
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Max Snow May 22, 2018 at 5:22 pm

i’ve seen this at a sacrificial place in denmark, but like why would they put a curse on there?

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