Way of life 1650 up to 1700

Faldstool 1694 Faldstool 1694

region Mecklenburg

The calculation of years from 1st January to 31st December is very old. Yet the course or people’s lives tended to be based around the seasons or dates such as St. Martin’s Day (11.11) with the Martin’s goose for the pastor, Antonii (31.1) or the Feast of St. John (24.6) for lease payments and other payments. Easter and Christmas were only church festivals.


Belagerung von Greifswald durch die Brandenburger 1659 Siege of Greifswald by the Brandenburgers in 1659

region Western Pomerania

The new borders between Sweden and Brandenburg, drawn up after the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, separate families and put an end to cultural and religious contacts. In contrast, the aristocratic families in Sweden and Pomerania establish closer ties.

Companies belonging to the standing Swedish army occupy billets in town houses in Anklam, Damm, Demmin, Greifwald, Wolgast and Wollin.

The land does not come to rest. Armed conflicts flare up with all neighbouring regions, bringing disproportionate suffering to the population.

The laying on of hands or “blowing” were popular “healing methods.” Specific rituals during a full moon and creeping through knotholes aimed to assist recovery. “Krupeichen” (type of oak tree) were well known for this purpose. Livestock was also handled in this way. Barbers and surgeons healed through bleeding and cupping. The water in the Kenzer well near Barth is analysed in 1690 and found to be salubrious. A well house is built. The modern healing methods used by educated physicians only became established slowly.


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