It was the summer solstice yesterday — the longest day of the year, and the occasion in many cultures to celebrate life (=light) at its high point. I had written about it last year (in French, sorry ;-)). At the time, I had noticed the picture above, wondering what this broom-burning ceremony meant.
One year later, I still don’t have the answer… but I have found some interesting leads, thanks to this article:
“Baba Jaga is the Wise Woman of Fire. Some Romani/Gypsy families portray her as a phuri dai, the words for grandmother or Wise Woman. She represents the element of Fire and harmonizes with the other three: the mortar symbolizing herbs (Earth), bird legs on the cabin represent Air, and the element of Water flows as a creek between the legs.”
The plot thickens… I really need to find a good book on Romani / Gypsy legends and rituals. Any suggestions?