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Twente (the Romans called it Tubantia) is in a remote part
of the Dutch countryside, stucked away at the German border. Here the
‘witte wieven’ or ‘white women’ roam the swamps at night, luring
men into death.
The people, who call themselves ‘Tukkers’, speak a strange language,
that's hard to understand.
The Tukkers are a proud people, from Saxen origin, boasting about the
fact, that they withstood the Romans
and for a long time prevented the Franks from conquering their territory.
The white horse on the coat of arms of Twente on the left is probably
Sleipnir, the horse of the German god Wodan.
This is not the official weapon of Twente;
Twente doesn't have one. It is the official weapon of Niedersachsen, Germany.
In Twente there are still some old traditions alive, like
‘het Midwinter hoornblazen’, ‘de Paasvuren’
‘het Föggelen’ in Ootmarsum,
that are remnants of an ancient religion. The name of the goddess who was worshipped was
Ostara (Easter). Probably a spring godess. Her animal was a hare.
In the rest of the
there are still places called
Paasheuvel (Eastern Hill), like in Oosterbeek.
My guess is that these old, pagan customs have been adopted by the Roman Catholic Church
and moulded into a somewhat other form.
a small place in the northeast of Twente at Eastern some interesting festivities are
displayed during the year.
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