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Superstition in France?

Camino Chrissy

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While walking on the Via Podiensis (Le Puy camino) during the month of June my friends and I passed many of these dried wreaths on doorways in certain villages and towns along the way. We asked a local resident what they were, and the answer was in broken English, so couldn't fully get the gist of the reply. I concluded they were some kind of superstition or tradition to ward off evil spirits from their homes.
Can anyone provide better information about these? I tried a google search, but found nothing about them.
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It’s called a ‘cardabelle’ and is a good luck charm or protection against evil spirits. It’s from the thistle family and is also claimed to be a weather forecaster in that it curls up before bad weather. Possibly due to the change in humidity?
 

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Thanks, everyone! I had the right idea, but when I googled French superstitions, these thistles weren't one of about ten listed.
I knew I would find an answer here...isn't this forum just the best in many ways!
 
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It’s called a ‘cardabelle’ and is a good luck charm or protection against evil spirits. It’s from the thistle family and is also claimed to be a weather forecaster in that it curls up before bad weather. Possibly due to the change in humidity?
Cardoon flower and top of stem?
 

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I would call that "a tradition"
That's a good point. Many of our traditions of today have origins in beliefs and/or superstitions of the past, some of which we don't even know about today when we blindly follow the traditions. For example, I have just learned a lot by googling "meaning of wreath on door".
 
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It’s called a ‘cardabelle’ and is a good luck charm or protection against evil spirits. It’s from the thistle family and is also claimed to be a weather forecaster in that it curls up before bad weather. Possibly due to the change in humidity?
definitely superstition.
 

cathietherese

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SJPDP - Finistere May/June 2012
Le-Puy-en-Velay to Cahors/ June 2019
While walking on the Via Podiensis (Le Puy camino) during the month of June my friends and I passed many of these dried wreaths on doorways in certain villages and towns along the way. We asked a local resident what they were, and the answer was in broken English, so couldn't fully get the gist of the reply. I concluded they were some kind of superstition or tradition to ward off evil spirits from their homes.
Can anyone provide better information about these? I tried a google search, but found nothing about them.
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Good noticing! I loved walking the Via Podiensis and want to return - you know when we can and all that.xo
 

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