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Domino Divination   1 comment

Posted January 23, 2017 by drcorbeaux in Uncategorized

Passing Charms Along   4 comments

I’ve a friend, she’s a dear lady, who inherited two charms – one to stop blood, the other to draw out fire; from her cousin, who got it from her aunt.

When it comes to folk magic amongst the hill folk, it’s always passed from woman to man, man to woman, never man to man or woman to woman.

 

This lady has no heirs, so she passed them to me. I feel really honored that her family’s charming was passed to me, especially as these particular charms I have never seen at any point ever. A true piece of folk lore.

 

Folks- learn from your elders, they’ve got a world of wisdom to share. Preserve it, remember it, and pass it on.

Posted August 5, 2014 by drcorbeaux in Power Doctors

Calling my Children Home   Leave a comment

Posted April 13, 2014 by drcorbeaux in Uncategorized

Sin Eaters   Leave a comment

This subject came up in conversation between a few friends of mine; and seeing as it’s a major theme in a new book that a woman wrote, centered in the Ozarks, I thought I’d say a bit about it.

Most folks, who even know the term, attribute the practice to Ireland, Wales, or the Appalachia, not being aware that the practice also happened in the Ozarks.  This is to be expected, as the people in the Ozarks came here by way of Appalachia, and from Appalachia, a large number were Scottish and Irish, with a sizable German population as well. So it would only be expect, especially with so much shared folk lore between the Ozarks and Appalachia, that Sin Eating would also be carried here.

Here’s a link on Sin-eating in Scotland http://io9.com/the-weird-but-true-history-of-sin-eaters-479990066

And here’s one about Sin Eaters in Appalachia http://crazyhorsesghost.hubpages.com/hub/Do-You-Know-That-Sin-Eaters-Were-Once-Real

I was asked if I had any personal experience with Sin Eaters and the answer is yes, in fact I’ve performed sin eating myself and will describe one particular incident, without divulging anything that would break confidentiality.

I had a relative who was, on and off for years suffering from leukemia. To spare the details, his final trip was quite bleak, and he was out of it for quite some time. A preacher from a sect that isn’t the norm for our family was called in, to make his ministrations and prayers.

This relative suffered long and heard, being unable to let go, and knowing a bit about the person’s life, it was assumed that he feared for his soul and that kept the individual hanging on. So in the presence of his wife, I performed the ceremony of sin-eating. His labored breath ceased and a distinct calm came over him. He slept in a calm for the night and the next morning passed.

This is by no means to say that sin eating is still a common practice here. Like a lot of our old traditions, they’re dying and seldom made use of by anyone anymore. But dying doesn’t mean dead, and it still is practiced.

That’s all I’ll say for now, I may continue this subject later, should folks be interested.

What Ozark Folk Magic is Not   4 comments

I’ve seen a few individuals popping up, claiming ties to Ozark traditions.

This is what Ozark folk magic is NOT and how you can spot someone who isn’t truly part of these traditions.

 

1. Ozark Folk Magic is Christian – period. There are no other religious views involved, no paganism, nothing.

2. Grimoires, pentacles, seals of solomon – none of this appears in the folk traditions of the Ozarks. Outside of some charms, slightly altered in many cases, that can be found in the Long Lost Friend, the only book used is the Bible. As for the charms found in the Long Lost Friend – I have seen nor experienced no old practitioners who have owned this book, or heard of it – and with the slight alterations, it’s likely that the charms came here verbally, rather than with the book. I do concede, however, that at one point, SOME individuals may have had that book, but it definitely wouldn’t have been widespread.

3. The only beings invoked were the Holy Trinity, the Devil, and occasionally ghosts. No other beings – NONE

4.  Hoodoo is not an Ozark Tradition. In fact, it is even recorded that most hill folk disbelieved and even laughed at such practices – they did not believe in the efficacy of those practices, outside a small few who purchased charms from practitioners – PURCHASED but did not practice. Vance Randolph records these events, and how purchasers of such charms were laughed at.

5. Practicing a form of folk magic, and dwelling in the Ozarks, does not equate to an individual being a practitioner, knowledgeable, or in any way a part of Ozark traditions – whether esoteric or secular. It’s like placing an Obeah Man from Jamaica into Jacmel, and proclaiming his practice Haitian Vodou.

6. Ozark folk magic is not a survival of a pagan religious cult, or any other ancient cult. It is a set of practices within a Christian paradigm.

 

This list is small, but by reading it, an individual can deduce, by common sense, other incorrect practices or beliefs that individuals may try to pass as relating to Ozark Tradition.

Should my readers have a specific question regarding a practice, belief, etc.; feel free to comment and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Posted November 7, 2013 by drcorbeaux in Uncategorized

Witch Bullets   2 comments

Witch Bullets in the Ozarks were made from hair, generally horses or black hair, rolled up in a ball with beeswax, and “shot” at people by witches. When the witch bullet would hit an individual, they were either come down sick, immediately faint, or possibly even die. Some witch bullets were said to be able to travel miles to the target, while others were flipped from the thumb directly at the person.  At other times, they would simply be hidden in an individuals pocket or automobile.

Witch bullet sometimes were also shot at animals, such as cows, to make them fall ill. The process by which a witch bullet is made is generally kept a secret amongst those who speak the Devil’s language.

One issue, however, which is very much stressed……the belief is, if the bullet can’t find the target, it will return and hit the witch.

Book Review: Signs, Cures, and Witchery   1 comment