Representation of a wicker man from Britannia Antiqua Illustrata (1676).

A wicker man was a wicker statue burned in effigy by the ancient Druids, rather than making a human sacrifice. I was looking up old illustrations and ran across this and post out of interest.


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Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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4 Responses to Representation of a wicker man from Britannia Antiqua Illustrata (1676).

  1. marblenecltr says:

    “Rather than making a human sacrifice.”? I see a lot of people about to be barbecued in the straw oven.
    My ancestors at work, perhaps, but I hope not.

  2. marblenecltr says:

    Thank you, I feel much better now, but I am still concerned about the people packed into the limbs and torso. They must have been sight-seeing in an earlier version of the Eiffel Tower.

    • kinneret says:

      I wouldn’t really know but my understanding is there is no proof Druids participated in human sacrifice. If they did, it was definitely not on the level of ancient societies around Mesopotamia or the Aztecs.

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