MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do witches ride brooms?

Witch on a broomstick and jack-o'-lanterns

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do witches ride brooms?

With Halloween coming up this weekend your bound to see a lot of witch costumes. Some of them riding broomsticks. But why are witches associated with brooms anyway?

The idea of witches and brooms is thought to have started as a fertility ritual. Basically rural farmers would leap and dance around different kinds of poles, pitchforks or brooms at nigh time when there was a full moon to give enough light. They would try to encourage the growth of their crops by doing this.

Then the broom stick concept just stuck ever since with witches in TV, movies, and Halloween costumes.

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