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Lucy, St

by Micha F. Lindemans

In Hungarian folklore, St. Lucy is a apocryphal Catholic saint whose feast is held on December 13th to cure eye diseases. On the day of St. Lucy, or Szent Luca as Hungarians call her, it is also said that people can see witches among the folk in the church. The only thing you need is a chair made of nine different woods, and made during nine weeks. People take it to the church during the church service, stand on it and look around: he or she will see who are witches among the folk.

In Catholic iconography, St. Lucy is shown as a woman holding a plate and extending two gouged-out eyes.


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