Two questions remain open, though, in this spectacularly informative thread.
Do you believe in witchcraft?
Does it work?
A teacher and friend of mine used to tell stories about how people in Hong Kong would hire these sorts of fortune tellers to magically assault their enemies.
Thanks for a great thread.
WTF is that all about? Drinking only as much of your own kool-aid as you have to in order to sell it effectively? To what extent is this belief/non-belief common to modern witchery?
I can't corroborate any of what I just typed above, but I do believe there are forces in the world that some people can tap into and others cannot. I'm not talking about religious forces either.edit on 7-10-2013 by AfterInfinity because: (no reason given)
its the "familiars" that pass themselves down from generation to generation
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Yes the tradition of blessing or curses being passed on down through the generations, the traditional wicked witch was marked by physical and mental abnormalities and thus of a somewhat chaotic nature...
There was also the question of entire tribes or peoples being under certain spiritual influences, today this would probably be considered racism, but referring back to the Mandaeans if you marry outside of the Mandaean people you are excluded from the religion, as it would be seen as bringing spiritual corruption into the greater whole.
So i think these factors need be taken into consideration when people sometimes just appear to have it in for certain groups on the edges of society, there is always a fear factor, and the question of why they found themselves there in the first place.
In the Name of the Life, which cometh not to an end.
CHARMS AGAINST SINS,~ DEVILS, AND LUNACY-DEMONS
Against the demon which cometh on the first of the month and the second of the month. They are brothers and of one, When they come, beat him (the possessed person) on the head. When the first hour comes, take him out to the desert Into the sunlight ; let his blood and rub him with the blood and give him to drink of it. And bring the skin of a weasel and some oleander, tie together, hang it up and he will grow calm
The demon which cometh on Wednesday. Cut off the ear of a black cat and hang on him whilst he is sleeping and he will be cured
For the demon which cometh on the tenth of the month. Approach him not, for he is incurable.
When the first hour comes, take him out to the desert Into the sunlight ; let his blood and rub him with the blood and give him to drink of it.
What you probably know but most don't is that its the "familiars" that pass themselves down from generation to generation. Its sort of hereditary attachment and not a dna thing as it were.
Have yous got any information on gypsies magical history and recent times?
he superintending archaeologist of the ASI (Guwahati circle), Sanjay K. Manjul, told The Telegraph that excavators had recently dug up swords and other sharp weapons that resembled tools used for human sacrifice in other parts of the country.
“The swords are huge, similar to what were used in human sacrifice in some parts of the country. The villagers, too, told us that their forefathers used to talk about human sacrifice. We have reason to believe that human sacrifice might have taken place in the Ahom era in Mayong. At present, the ritual of animal sacrifice is prevalent in Mayong as it is in other Shakti shrines in the state. But we need to find out more evidence to arrive at a conclusion,” he said.
Mayong, 40km from Guwahati and once considered the cradle of black magic in the country, is today a place of tourist attraction because of its history. Mayong as well as Pragjyotishpura (the ancient name of Assam) find place in many mythological epics, including the Mahabharat. Historians said people used to come to Mayong from far off places in India and abroad to learn black magic.
Those hicks in shacks and mountain medicine women, wise women and healers.Ozark witches, and Appalachian Granny Witches.