By on January 15, 2013

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.

Necropants Iceland witchcraft

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 remains.

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

Charlie Hintz

About Charlie Hintz

Charlie is the creator and curator of the bizarre for Cult of Weird. When he's not writing or rotting away at his mind-numbing day job, he can be found working on graphic design projects for horror media and hunting down local legends around his home state of Wisconsin.


  1. Ben Allen

    October 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I’m wearing a pair right now.

  2. Liz Howard-Alexander

    October 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm



  3. David Ball-Romney

    October 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

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

  4. Adolf Hitler

    October 25, 2013 at 1:27 am

    still not as crazy as what Christians believe in

  5. Soleil Quiles

    October 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    shitting coins after death.. perfect

  6. Joan Earnshaw

    October 23, 2013 at 10:25 am

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


    September 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm


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