Folk musicians at the Swedish Fair weave melodies for dancers. Photo for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gerald Fecht - December 2009.
Jul or Jule' is the magical wheel that closely resembles the Indo-European concept of karma. The wheel of Frigga (the Mother Goddess) comes alive as the Wheel of the year, or New Year.
I couldn't resist putting three more photographs on this blog from the Swedish Christmas Fair this weekend. If one pays attention at such ethnic events, amazing things show up. In the case of the Swedish Fair, the ancient Nordic Goddess Jule' was there in all her harvest glory. The Goddess is represented, as is Ceres in Southern Europe, by woven straw ornaments for Christmas trees or wall decorations with pretty ribbons. Woven, Viking designs showed up all over the event including the in and out patterns of the folk dancers shown in these photographs.