Swedish “Julbock” Yule Goat, Nigerian Dwarf Goat Milk Soap, Fragrance: Some kind of wonderful

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Swedish “Julbock” Yule Goat, Nigerian Dwarf Goat Milk Soap, Fragrance: Some kind of wonderful

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Swedish “Julbock”  Yule Goat

Seeped in history, the Julbock stems from Norse mythology. The Norse god, Thor, who rode the sky in a golden chariot drawn by two mighty goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr. Thor was associated with thunder, lightning, wind, storms, nature, and agriculture. He chose the goats because of his connection with everyday people, especially farmers. The animals have been domesticated well over 10,000 years, providing companionship and valuable products such as milk, meat, and fur.

 

In Scandinavia during the 1600s, the story began to unfold at Christmastime when townsfolk would dress in goatskins draped over dark-hooded cloaks with horns. They would roam the villages, demanding food, pulling pranks, and scaring children, along with many an adult. People protested, calling the Julbock a demon. This was no way to celebrate a “Christian” holiday — the goat needed to change his ways!

A kinder version of Julbock began to appear each December. People still dressed as goats, but softened their appearance with smiling masks and brighter colors. They traveled door-to-door on Christmas Eve, spreading good cheer and handing out gifts and candies to each household

The Julbock is always hung with care at the front of the Christmas tree for good luck.

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