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Monsters stamps by Faroe Islands

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The Faroese Post has issued a series of stamps dedicated to the monsters from the old folklore.

The old folklore often deals with issues on the borders between the known universe and a threatening outer world which people feared - or between right and wrong, defined by secular regulation and laws or by common tradition.

The conceptions about the "Nidagrisur" (The Child Ghost, 17 KR) derive from a serious crime. The fact that the "Gryla" (The Monster, 6,50 KR) goes for the children, derives from the need to observe ecclesiastical orders. The Beach Trolls (19 KR) keep the children away from the beach and thereby great danger - and the conceptions about the Mare (11 KR) is a symptom of physical and mental stress, which most people experience during their lifetime.

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