a bit of a publishing pauze…

Reality encroached and i have neglected this blog a bit. Normally, I would put this into the sections of Alma’s Gems, but ths is just too bizare

Icelandic “Necropants” explained

If you want to make your own necropants (literally; nábrók) you have to get permission from a living man to use his skin after he’s dead.




After he has been buried you must dig up his body and flay the skin of the corpse in one piece from the waist down. As soon as you step into the pants they will stick to your own skin. A coin must be stolen from a poor widow and placed in the scrotum along with the magical sign, nábrókarstafur, written on a piece of paper. Consequently the coin will draw money into the scrotum so it will never be empty, as long as the original coin is not removed. To ensure salvation the owner has to convince someone else to overtake the pants and step into each leg as soon as he gets out of it. The necropants will thus keep the money-gathering nature for generations.

I suppose it’s reassuring to note that sorcerers in Icelandic folklore got informed consent before flaying a dead person’s corpse. But I think I see a trick in the guarantee: the scrotum will never be empty as long as the original coin is not removed. Well, duh (perhaps some subtlety has been lost in translation).

Text from the website of the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, via Got Medieval. Photo via Flickr user HelenPaisson of a latex reproduction housed in the aforementioned museum.

 Some interesting links..

Necropants: The Icelandic Pants of the Dead

The Necropants Of Iceland

Even on YouTube!

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