Widdershins: A banishing ritual in the Glasgow subway

by the Psychogeographical Commission

“This recording documents the inner circle of the Glasgow Subway system which travels in an anticlockwise direction (widdershins), a constant banishing ritual performed daily upon the whole of the west side of Glasgow.

The Subway first opened on 14 Dec 1896, but was soon closed after an ‘accident’ resulting in wheels painted in blood being traced around a circuit of the track (a blood sacrifice to energise the protection). The line didn’t reopen until well after the Winter Solstice (19th Jan 1897) allowing further rituals to take place.”

For more information, visit The Psychogeographical Commission’s website here

Widdershins (excerpt) from Psychogeographical Commission on Vimeo.

 

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