Álfablót

The Álfablót is a Norse tradicional celebration which is made at the times of the Winter nights, one of the 2 celebrations held in this time. The Álfablót or the Elven sacrifice was a pagan Scandinavian sacrifice to the elves, it is made around this time of autumn, it is in the end of it, at the “doors” of the coming winter, when all the crops were harvested and the animals well fed.
This is a diferent celebration, not like all the other blóts, this is a small celebration that can be made by one individual or one family, in tradicion this is a local celebration at the homesteads and they were administered by the lady of the household, the mainly subject in this celebration is not only to honor the ancestours, but also all kinds of other spirits, such as the elves and the landspirits, the Landvaettir, in this time strangers were not welcomed near the homesteads during the celebrations, also going back to the elves, they are a source of power and they are often connected to the ancestours, to the gods and to pray fertility, and for the next year when the winter will be gone, may the land give the people the means for prosperity, the humans have the tools, the landspirits have the power.

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