• Advent Traditions - Children in Normandy set fields on fire

    6 monthes ago - By It's About Time

    At Advent in Normandy, when the final harvest was complete, farmers used to pick a night to send their children to run through the fields & orchards carrying flaming torches, setting fire to bundles of straw, to drive out pests likely to damage the crops. If a farmer had no children of his own, his neighbors lend him theirs, for none but young & innocent children could command destructive animals to withdraw from his lands. After 12 years of age children were believed unfit to perform the office of mammal exorcists.
    The children would sing
    Taupes,cherrilles, et mulots,
    Sortez, sortez, de...
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