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Mummified House Gnome: A Swedish Hustomte

The Naturally mummified body of a swedish "Hustomte" or housegnome. dated 1866. Yes,...

The Naturally mummified body of a swedish "Hustomte" or housegnome. dated 1866.
The Naturally mummified body of a swedish "Hustomte" or housegnome. dated 1866.

Yes, it's another tiny dead man! Hustomten comes from scandinavian folklore and is a gnome that is said help the farmer and cares for the lifestock, he has a fierce temperament and is very traditional. If he gets upset he will bring misery to the household.

The label reads- "This litte housegnome was found by my father, Jan Peter Peterson, in the winter of 1866 inside the old barn wall. He was already lifeless."

Swedish Gnome Hustomte

Swedish Hustomte

Paracelsus uses Gnomi a and classifies them as earth elementals. He describes them as two spans high, very reluctant to interact with humans, and able to move through solid earth as easily as humans move through air.

The chthonic, or earth-dwelling, spirit has precedents in numerous ancient and medieval mythologies, often guarding mines and precious underground treasures, notably in the Germanic dwarves and the Greek Chalybes, Telchines or Dactyls.



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