Necropants Were All The Rage For 17th Century Icelandic Sorcerers

Necropants Were All The Rage For 17th Century Icelandic Sorcerers

In 17th century Iceland, some townsfolk practiced witchcraft with a variety of charms and rituals. Most of these sorcerers were men, and most of the "spells" were meant to protect them or bring them luck in different situations. One ritual, however, was far more sinister: that of creating nábrók, or necropants. These were pants made from the flayed skin of a corpse, and if created according to the ritual's grisly instructions, they would produce infinite money for the wearer.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    To make a pair of necropants, you'd have to find a friend who was willing to let you skin their corpse from the waist down when they died. (0:45)

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    A necropants replica is on display at the Museum of Witchcraft and Sorcery in Hólmavík, Iceland. (1:39)

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    In 17th-century Iceland, the majority of the people who allegedly practiced witchcraft and sorcery were men. (2:58)

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