Charms, Charmers and Charming: International Research on by J. Roper

By J. Roper

Charms, Charmers, and fascinating brings jointly the paintings of a lot of cutting-edge key students within the box of verbal captivating. The essays it includes disguise vernacular magical texts and perform from Malaysia to Madagascar, and from England to Estonia. because the so much complete number of learn on charms, charmers, and fascinating to be had within the English language, it varieties an important reader at the subject.

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General gnawing is a recognised phenomenon of rat behaviour. Rats have a flap of skin that closes behind their teeth when they’re gnawing, thus preventing them choking on whatever they chew up. ) When Gerald of Wales wrote of the cursing of rats by St. Yvorus in Fernigenan, Leinster, he assumed that the rats had aroused the saint’s displeasure in the first place by gnawing his books. The Ardennes example refers to rats having eaten the heart of St. Gertrude. It has been suggested that the foresight of disaster stems from the association of the rodents with the souls of men mentioned earlier.

J. Paulaharju 8578 – Johan Aapraham Koskama or Takalo, alias ‘Jans Päkki’, 82 years old) 3 4 Topics and Issues in Charms Studies This account is just one of thousands of descriptions of magical harm3 dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. g. Davies 1999; de Blécourt 1999; Gijswijt-Hofstra 1999). Nearly all rural nineteenth-century Finnish villages appear to have contained witches, healers and quarrelsome neighbors who believed they were able to cause each other magical harm. In some parts of rural Finland people continued to use magic rites to bring harm to their enemies as late as the 1950s (see Stark 2006: 47–9).

G. ‘Rats gnawing the hangings of a room, is reckoned the forerunner of a death in the family’ – Grose, Provincial Glossary, 1787). 10 Note here that it is the behaviour that is ominous. General gnawing is a recognised phenomenon of rat behaviour. Rats have a flap of skin that closes behind their teeth when they’re gnawing, thus preventing them choking on whatever they chew up. ) When Gerald of Wales wrote of the cursing of rats by St. Yvorus in Fernigenan, Leinster, he assumed that the rats had aroused the saint’s displeasure in the first place by gnawing his books.

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