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Old 10-08-2014, 12:19 PM
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Burning of the wicker man

A propos of today's posting: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/...uge-wicker-man, I must mention the Swiss Sechselaeute festival held every April in which a giant effigy of the snowman (boogg, or bogeyman) is burnt (or exploded) in a public square called Sechselaeuteplatz to mark the end of winter. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sechsel%C3%A4uten for more details.
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:29 PM
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Burning of Wicker Man

Hello Cecil,

I would like to point out that Hindus in India burn a tall effigy as well, every Fall. The effigy is of a man with ten heads. Maybe there is some pagan symbolism here? Fire cleanses evil?

Abhishek
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:22 PM
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No mention of The Wicker Man is complete without this.

And of course for real-life burnt-in-effigy things there's always Zozobra and Burning Man.
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:17 PM
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:11 AM
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No mention of The Wicker Man is complete without this.

And of course for real-life burnt-in-effigy things there's always Zozobra and Burning Man.
The 1973 original was far better. Edward Woodward playing the policeman being thwarted in his investigations, seduced and then finally sacrificed by pagan islanders was a classic.
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