Icelandic Body Folklore of the Nábrók and the Nábrókarstafur.
There are two sides to Folklore. One is light and cheerful like folk dancing and some folk music. Then there is a dark side that presents itself as sheer terrifying like this Icelandic folklore about real human necropants.
Nábrók means “death underpants!” (No I’m not joking!)
They’re a pair of pants made from the skin of a dead man, according to Icelandic witchcraft, generates a limitless money cache.
The photo below is a replica of a pair of nábrók at The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft.
The Magick Ritual:
Legend dictates, in order create your own necropants or nábrók, one has to attain approval from the living person in order to use their skin for this ritual after they have expired.
This gruesome ritual states once the deceased man has been buried, he must be dug up and excoriate in one piece his skin from the waist down.
When you step into the skin of the cadaver the Nábrók will fuse itself to your lower body.
Next, you must pillage a coin from a poor widow and place in the scrotum with the magical sigil, nábrókarstafur, penned on a scrap of paper.
Then, the coin will attract money continuously into the scrotum as long as no one disturbs the initial coin.
The Christian twist to this is for one that desires to attain salvation, the owner of the necropants must convince an unwary male to accept ownership of the nábrók and pop into the pants immediately.
The nábrók will continue producing coins for ages.
Icelandic Sigil of the nábrókarstafur.
The magical symbol above, is part of the ritual and at its feet are coins.
-Written by NiftyBuckles©2018
Source and References:
Sigurður, Atlason (14 November 2005). “Stave for Necropants”. Strandagaldur, Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft.