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"Barley Witch" An original painting by Emily Balivet. Acrylic on 16" x 20" stretched canvas, 2009.

Like so much familiar, modern-time holiday symbolism, the witch on her flying broomstick has a fascinating and often overlooked history.

It is believed to have come from an ancient agricultural fertility rite where women would rub a mixture of psychoactive herbs over their bodies. This "flying ointment" produced visions and encouraged astral projection. The women would then jump around their fields with a broom between their legs with the intention of showing the crops how high they'd like them to grow :)

This unframed painting will be packaged professionally and shipped via insured USPS Priority mail within the US.
Canada and overseas via insured USPS Priority International.

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Barley Witch - Original Painting


  • Materials: painting, acrylic, canvas
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