Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Halloween Tale from The Netherlands

For our last Halloween pic, we're in the eastern part of The Netherlands in the town of 's-Heerenberg. It's a sleepy little town, most famous for the Kasteel Huis Bergh which dates from the 13th century.

On the darker side, it's said that this little village in 1605 hosted one of the last witch burnings in The Netherlands. Poor old Mechteld ten Ham didn't pass the "water test" -- which means that she floated instead of sank after being thrown into a body of water. Conclusive proof of being a witch, in those days.

She's remembered by this statue ... to me it looks like she's forever cursing her accusers.

On that note, we wish you a Happy Halloween! We hope you've enjoyed the various spooky pics from our travels in Europe.

16 comments:

Olivier said...

série de sculptures impressionnantes pour fêter halloween. Cela marche en Hollande ? (en France plus beaucoup). Je te souhaite un Happy Halloween

Impressive series of sculptures to celebrate Halloween. It is still celebrated in the Netherlands? (France much). I wish you a Happy Halloween

guild_rez said...

what a great picture..
Happy Halloween
cheers from Canada
Gisela

Josy said...

Poor Mechteld! But at least she makes a fun subject for Halloween photographs. ;)

....Gracious, I shouldn't wink about these sorts of things!

rich said...

Great picture... The witch lives on...
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BrusselsDailyPhotoByGregous said...

spot on, great witch

Dick said...

yes I enjoyed it very much, thank you and a happy halloween.

Dusty Lens said...

I have enjoyed your Halloween series. A lot of fun to see these sights, and to learn a little from them. Poor Mechteld ten Ham lives on in historic memory, though.

pusa said...

scary witch! happy halloween =)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Super! This is really cool and so is that one before! Great Holiday shots, though the stories ore horrid.

Denton said...

I just caught up on your Halloween series and I'm very impressed. They make me miss the days I lived and traveled in Europe ... Also, I read your tagged information and was pleased to see your South Carolina origins (at least married life origins). My youngest daughter graduated from the College of Charleston and we have visited the John Rutledge house many times. Your wedding memories must be very special.

KMF said...

super

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Wonderful series! Poor woman, had she been a bit bonier... ;D

Happy Hallowe'en to you too!

<}:D

Neva said...

I loved your pictures ....and this is a great statue.....Happy Halloween to you....trick or treaters don't come to me so much as we live on an acre and it is too far for the little dumplings to walk when it is cold...but today it is nice and since daylight savings time starts this weekend...it is still light....very cool in my book!

Kate said...

What a sweet little witch--love it!!

Felicia said...

Great spooky photos! This witch is especially cool, but also such a sad time of history. Thanks for visiting us in San Diego!

NorthBayPhoto said...

Great photo. Very amusing statue.