A Witch on a Broomstick

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Posted by Dorothy Lander

Extensive coverage of offensive costumes for Hallowe’en does not mention witch costumes.  Perhaps the witch on a broomstick is the original offensive costume.

Excerpt from Allison Meier

The First Known Depiction of a Witch on a Broomstick

In the 15th century, the image of the witch flying on a broomstick first appeared, its meaning laden with sexual and spiritual depravity.

Dylan Thuras at Atlas Obscura wrote that the “broom was a symbol of female domesticity, yet the broom was also phallic, so riding on one was a symbol of female sexuality, thus femininity and domesticity gone wild.”

~ by artpoped on October 20, 2017.

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