Superstition and Magic in Slovenia. Five mysterious stamps introduced by Slovenia Post
Like in other countries, in Slovenia people believe in magic and superstitions. To underline the importance of this area to the culture, Slovenia Post has released four bright stamps that are dedicated to superstitions and magic. These beliefs are related to witches, black cats, protection of newborn babies, reading coffee grounds and St John's wreaths. The four new stamps in this series are important for understanding Slovenian cultural heritage.
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One activity that is popular in Slovenia is weaving of St John's wreaths, which are hung on front doors in Karst villages on Midsummer Night or St John's Eve in order to protect individual houses and the people in them from everything evil and bring good luck. This practice, which is carried out every year, is today listed in the register of intangible cultural heritage.
Many magical actions are also related to the protection of newborn children. The most popular one was protection by means of a pentagram or "incubus paw" carved or painted onto the side of the child's cradle. Perhaps, the most popular area of superstition in Slovenia relates to belief in witches, i.e. fabulous or demonic beings, or to trust in people who were able to cast spells, tell fortunes, prophesy and even heal.
Popular superstitions are associated with animals. A typical example of the latter is the black cat, which is generally held to bring bad luck. Today this phenomenon is present even in car culture, and a black cat that crosses the street in front of a car is believed to signify something bad, in other words an accident.
Predicting good and bad news, actions, events and destinies is the stuff of divination and fortune-telling of many different kinds, including reading coffee grounds. In 19th century special books explaining the symbols created by coffee were written in Slovenia.