Mascha Joustra

Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Nationality: dutch
Biography: Mascha Joustra graduated in May 2015 at the Fotoacademie Amsterdam, specializing in documentary and portrait series. She graduated with a cum laude recommendation on a large series of photographs bundled in a voluminous photo book called... read on
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Copyright Mascha Joustra 2022
Updated Jun 2017
Location netherlands
This series is about Frigga, a pagan lady,  who lives close to me and presents herself as a 'witch' following the Nordic traditions.

I am inspired by Frigga as a person and her story; living her life as and the surroundings she is in. She spends a lot of her time in the woods, and I was honoured to be invited in her home a few times. She believes in the power of Wodan. Wodan, also calledOdin, Woden, or Wotan, is one of the principal gods in Norse mythology. From earliest times Odin was a war god, and he appeared in heroic literature as the protector of heroes; fallen warriors joined him in Valhalla. The wolf and the raven were dedicated to him.

For the celebration of the winter solstice I attended Frigga's 'Blót' The word basically means 'worship' or 'sacrifice' and it was a sacrifice to the gods and the spirits of the land. The sacrifice often took the form of a sacramental meal or feast. There is evidence of animal sacrifice as well, but such sacrifices are now looked down upon in modern times.

I was impressed of the energy which was revealed during this special feast. When playing music on invited to join and photograph their ceremonies at friends' houses are being held which sometimes lead to trances.

Some of the blóts below are created and celebrated by followers of Asatru, which is a modern movement to revive the old religion of the Norsemen. Asatru is not the only Norse revival path, but it is certainly one of the more well known ones. At midnight also invited to join and photograph their ceremonies at friends' houses are being held which sometimes lead to trances.

I would like to show that this form of religion is still alive today and its celebrations are not only in suburban areas but also in  people's backyards.

I would very much love to continue her story in the near future, but Frigga is suffering from a physical poor condition momentarily and she asked me to have a little pause.


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