Ghoul­ish SIGHTS

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Ne­cropants – trousers made with hu­man skin – are the star at­trac­tion at The Mu­seum of Sor­cery and Witch­craft in the tiny town of Hól­mavík in Ice­land’s West­fjord re­gion. Dur­ing the 17th cen­tury, the coun­try had its own ‘witch craze’ when women and men thought to be dab­bling in magic were burned at the stake. Many witches came from the re­mote West­fjords, and res­i­dents here are still be­lieved to pos­sess oc­cult knowl­edge and power. So, nearly 20 years ago, the cit­i­zens of Hól­mavík de­cided to em­brace their witchy his­tory and open the star-at­trac­tion mu­seum. They hired special-ef­fects film de­sign­ers to re-cre­ate the very re­al­is­tic ne­cropants (said to bring wealth to wear­ers) and a tilberi or two – par­a­sites made from hu­man ribs that steal milk from neigh­bours’ cows. Oh, and a skele­ton that bursts through a con­crete floor…

No bar­ri­ers: Con­crete buster Skinny pants: Wealth bringers

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