Necropants: Macabre Icelandic Witchcraft Tradition

By on January 15, 2013

The macabre Iceland witchcraft tradition of necropants involves wearing someone’s skin to collect coins in the scrotum.
Necropants on display at the Strandagaldur Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft
Necropants: Stylish AND functional.

The Strandagaldur Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Holmavik tells the story of seventeen people burned at the stake in the 17th century for occult practices. The museum’s claim to fame is an exhibit showcasing the macabre legend of Necropants, or nábrók.

According to legend, necropants could produce an endless flow of coins if done correctly.

To begin with, one would need to get permission from a living man to use his skin upon his death. After burial, the sorcerer would then have to dig up the body and skin it in one piece from the waist down. A coin stolen from a poor widow must then be placed in the scrotum, along with a magic sign called nábrókarstafur scrawled on paper.

Once worn, the scrotum of the necropants would never empty of coins so long as the original coin remained.

Necropants at the Sorcery & Witchcraft Museum

Necropants Iceland witchcraft

For more on necropants and other bizarre occult traditions of Iceland, check out the museum’s website right here.

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    Wads Doo

    October 27, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Penis envy…

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    October 4, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Interesting. The Norwegian word for scrotum is “pung”, which is the same as the word for wallet. And the Icelandic language comes from old Norwegian. I wonder if there is a connection.

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      July 12, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Just had to reply.. eventuellt if it years late. 🙂
      “Pung” is actually a comment word for many of the scandinavian countries. And it simple means “pouch”. And the scrotum is a kind of pouch. 🙂

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    Sam Hell

    October 2, 2015 at 2:02 am

    And the coining of the term “Money Shot”

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    Ben Allen

    October 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I’m wearing a pair right now.

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    Liz Howard-Alexander

    October 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm



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    David Ball-Romney

    October 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    So I obviously wasn’t the first to have an idea like this.

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    Adolf Hitler

    October 25, 2013 at 1:27 am

    still not as crazy as what Christians believe in

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      Liz Howard-Alexander

      October 22, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      No no, pretty sure this is at *least* as crazy…

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      February 7, 2018 at 6:58 am

      Says the Nazi…

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      November 21, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Enlighten us please

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    Soleil Quiles

    October 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    shitting coins after death.. perfect

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      October 1, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Considering that the coin is in the scrotum it’s more likely the coins are ejaculated after death.

      And that would make for some really weird porn.

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    Joan Earnshaw

    October 23, 2013 at 10:25 am

    That just sounds like a good way to get major infections!!!

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    September 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm


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