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28-October 2013

Are these the most terrifying trousers ever?

The 17th century NECROPANTS made from corpse legs - and are supposed to be lucky

Many people will be planning scary costumes for Halloween, but nothing is likely to compare to this pair of macabre trousers.

In 17th century Iceland, sorcerers wore 'trousers' made of a dead friend's skin that were said to bring them wealth. According to legend, a morbid deal was struck between two friends to arrange who became the trousers or 'necropants,' which were used for purposes of traditional magic at the time.

The only surviving pair of Necropants (pictured). They were made by skinning a dead man and according to legend, were worn by a friend to bring him wealth and luck.

The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Holmavik, Iceland, houses the only known intact pair of necropants, that were meant to be worn day and night by their owner.

In order to make the necropants (called nábrók in the naive tongue) an individual had to get permission from a living man to use his skin after his death.

The surviving member of the pact had to dig up his dead friend's body and peel off the skin of the corpse from the waist down in one piece without any holes or scratches, to make the magical trousers.

As soon as they stepped into the pants, the skin of the corpse stuck to theirs own, according to the museum, which documents 17th century occult practices.

The wearer of the pants had to steal a coin from a widow and place it in the scrotum of the trousers, along with the magical sign called nabrokarstafur

To make the grim garment, the wearer of the pants had to steal a coin from a poor widow at Christmas, Easter or Whitson and place it in the scrotum of the trousers, along with the magical sign called nabrokarstafur, which is drawn on a piece of paper.

The coin is a 'tool to gather wealth by supernatural means,' according to the spokesman.

It drew money into the scrotum from living people so 'it will never be empty' as long as the original coin is not removed, according to folklore.

The spokesman said the wearing of the necropants was 'unusual behaviour' and reports are 'pure folklore' but the stories say that people could wear them for as long as they lived - but had to pass them on to a willing recipient before they died.

If the sorcerer wearer of the pants did not pass them on before his own death, it was said that his body would be infected with lice as soon as he passed away, but if the trousers were passed on, they could bring wealth to future wearers.

To ensure the transmission of fortune, the future wearer of the pants had to put his leg into the right leg of the necropants before the original owner stepped out of the left one.

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