Petronius - Hans Peter Duerr - Dreamtime
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Hans Peter Duerr - Dreamtime
Petronius writes in his Satyricon about witches and those travelling by night, the nocturnae… witches often had their plaits arranged on their head anti-clockwise; looking into their eyes, a person saw his image in their pupils upside down. At the sabbat, they also danced in a reversed manner. At the beginning of the 17th century, for instance, we read
“at theyr meetings they do all thinges contrary to the custome of men, dauncing, back to back, hop to hip, theyr handes joyn’d, and making theyr circles backward, to the left hand, with strange phantastique motions of theyr heads and bodyes"