The ‘Ember Days’Of the Benandanti taken from the 16th Century confessions of the Roman Inquistion, the 'Benandanti' or ‘Good Walkers', were claimed by Paolo Gasparotto, who under investigation of Witchcraft by Inquisitor Fra Felice da Montefalco, claimed to be a male witch, and a member of the secret group.Gasparotto further claimed that the group travelled outside their bodies on certain nights of the year during the ‘Ember Days’, to fight against the ‘Malandanti’ or malevolent witches, who attempted to destroy the crops for the coming season. The two groups fought against each other using sorghum stalks, and bunches of fennel while riding various animals such as rabbits. Considered to be in league with the Devil, Gasparotto was sentenced to six month imprisonment for heresy on the 26th November 1581.
Inspired by the history, this orginal print comes on a hand cast plaster Witch House Plaque.
The ‘Ember Days’ Of the Benandanti
Plaster Plaque Height: 5" Width: 3.25"
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