Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Signs, Cures & Witchery

I received this in the mail yesterday and am in the process of watching it now. I love it! This is a DVD companion, a one hour documentary with extra features, for the book by the same name. The author is Gerald C. Milnes. I ordered the book as well but haven't received it yet. 

I cannot stress enough how important it is to record the teachings of the elders. That's why this documentary is so great. It's not about hoodoo but rather about Appalachian folk magic, a.k.a. "granny magic" and witchery. There is tales of healing, tickets, supernatural stories, superstitions, and of course, witches. 

Now, I support any and all folk magic traditions. They don't have to be strictly American, such as hoodoo, Ozark folk magic, Appalachian folk magic, Pow-Wow/Braucherie, etc., as folk magic traditions can be found in almost every nation. It's important to keep the old ways alive. Not only are the old ways in danger from zealot Christians who view it as "devilry", but these customs are also endangered by skeptics, especially scientifically trained ones who can see no value in continuing to pass such down to children, as well as Wiccans and modern Neopagans who mostly view these traditions as a free-for-all to steal spells from. 

Now, if you are interested in purchasing this documentary then there is some things that you may not be aware of. For example, you will hear these old timers talk about "tickets". Well, they aren't explained so if you don't know what they are then you are going to miss out on information. Someone should have asked these elders what a ticket is but nobody did. A ticket is what these folks call petitions papers in their tradition. More specifically, they usually involve the writing of bible verses and often with blank spaces that they fill with the names of the target. Many of the folks use tickets as a spell to itself and carry them on their person for protection and to ward off illness. I'm sure that like with hoodoo that there is many different ways to create tickets. 

If you are a fan of folk magic then this is a must watch! I can't wait until the book arrives. 

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