Large-scale criminal prosecution of witches started in Central Europe in the fifteenth century. In the middle of the sixteenth century, it reached the territory of Latvia. The goal of this article is to analyze the cycle of legends about the sorcerer Veckušķis and his execution, documented in the late nineteenth century and twentieth century, to answer these questions: to what extent do the migratory plots in these legends reflect local historical events and local beliefs, what narrative voices can be heard in these legends, and what is their chronology?
"Reflections of Historical Witch Trials in Latvian Folklore: Veckušķis Legend Cycle,"
Narrative Culture: Vol. 8
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/narrative/vol8/iss2/4