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Holy Spirit

The hanging of a wooden dove – the Holy Spirit – over the table in a farmhouse was widespread throughout northern Slovenia in the 19th century.
It was hung over the table in the central living area (the so-called »house«), and on some farms the string on which it was hung was also connected to the front door. When the door was opened and closed, the ghost would rise and fall, greeting those who entered and bringing good luck and prosperity to the household.
The holy ghost was sometimes a carving, but most often a home-made product, as the skill of carving spirit by hand was usually passed down from generation to generation. The most richly carved ghosts were found in Gorenjska, while in Dolenjska there were also spirits made of cloth and paper. Beggars also carved ghosts and gave them to the master of the house as a token of their gratitude for the food and lodging he provided. Today, spirits are mainly decorative of decorative importance and represent a synthesis of handicraft knowledge and artistic tradition.

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Holy Spirit
Hanging a wooden dove – the Holy Spirit – above the table in a farmhouse was widespread throughout northern Slovenia in the 19th century. It was hung above the table in the central living room, the so-called house, and on some farms the string on which it hung was also connected to the entrance door. As the door opened and closed, the spirit hung like this would rise and fall, greeting those entering and bringing happiness and prosperity to the locals. The holy ghost was sometimes a work of carving, but most often it was a domestic product, as the craft skill of hand-carving ghosts was usually passed down from generation to generation. The most richly carved ghosts were found in Gorenjska, and in Dolenjska they also knew those made of cloth and paper. Ghosts were also carved by beggars and given as a thank you to the master of the house, who provided them with food and lodging. Today, ghosts are mainly of decorative importance and represent a synthesis of handicraft knowledge, tradition and artistic tradition.