• Short Summary

    ON AMELAND ISLAND, HOLLAND, AN ANCIENT CUSTOM IS RELIVED EVERY YEAR AT THIS TIME. MEN?

  • Description

    ON AMELAND ISLAND, HOLLAND, AN ANCIENT CUSTOM IS RELIVED EVERY YEAR AT THIS TIME. MEN DRESS UP AS DEMONS AND DRIVE THE WOMEN FROM THE STREETS. THEY THEN GO INTO THE HOUSES TO MAKE THE WOMEN DANCE, AND ARE NOT PACIFIED UNTIL THEY HAVE DRUNK THEIR FILL.

    AT ABOUT FIVE O'CLOCK ON THE EVENING OF THE 5TH DECEMBER ALL THE MEN, AND SOME OF THE CHILDREN, DRESS UP AS DEMONS. ThEY WEAR HORNS AND COATS DECORATED WITH COLOURED PAPER AND CARRY STICKS. A HORN SIGNALS THE TIME TO START THE 'SWEEP'. ThIS MEANS THAT ALL THE WOMEN MUST BE CLEARED FROM THE STREETS INTO THEIR HOUSES. ThE DEMONS LATER VISIT THE HOUSES ONE BY ONE, AND MAKE THE WOMEN DANCE. ThEY ARE ONLY PACIFIED WHEN HEY HAVE DRUNK THEIR FILL AND AMELAND REMAINS QUIET UNTIL NEXT YEAR'S DEMON SEASON. ThE CUSTOM DEMONSTRATES THE POWERS OF THE DEMONS. A SIMILAR CUSTOM EXISTS ON SOME OF THE GERMAN OFF-SHORE ISLANDS, AND IN PLACES ALONG THE SCANDINAVIAN COST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB6QD9H3FVE8HP7FZ184QDMU8L
    Media URN:
    VLVAB6QD9H3FVE8HP7FZ184QDMU8L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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