- Nov 2018
It is not really known who first started burning a witch on the Midsummer fire in Denmark. Maybe the custom of burning a witch doll stems from some German shipyard workers, which was in Denmark in the 1920s. The German customs purpose of burning it was also to evade evil.It is interesting, in Lithuania people burn female doll at another celebration with mixed pagan/christian tradition. It is celebrated at break between winter and spring. Doll symbolizes female deity of winter, death and witchcraft. Burning is symbolized banishment of winter.