Monday, October 04, 2010

Quote o' the Moment - Family Affairs

"Some hillfolk believe that a woman may become a witch by some comparitively simple hocus-pocus ... a woman had only to fire a silver bullet at the moon and mutter two or three obscene old sayin's. A lady in Barry county, Missouri says that any woman who repeats the Lord's Prayer backwards and fires seven silver bullets at the moon is transformed into a witch instanter. But most of the genuine old-timers agreed that to become a witch is a rather complicated matter.

"Anybody is free to discuss the general principles of witchcraft, but the conjure words and old sayin's must be learned from a member of the opposite sex. Another thing to be remembered is that the secret doctrines must pass only between blood relatives, or between persons who have been united in sexual intercourse. Thus it is that every witch obtains her unholy wisdom either from a lover or a male relative.

"Not every woman who receives this information becomes a witch. A mother can transmit the secret work to her son, and he could pass it on to his wife, and she might tell one of her male cousins, and so on. All of these people may be regarded as 'carriers,' but not until someone actually uses the deadly formulae does a genuine witch appear. And thus, while a knowledge of witchcraft is admitted to exist in certain families and clans, it sometimes lies dormant for a long time."

-Vance Randolph, Ozark Superstitions

5 comments:

Veles said...

"... a woman had only to fire a silver bullet at the moon and mutter two or three obscene old sayin's. A lady in Barry county, Missouri says that any woman who repeats the Lord's Prayer backwards and fires seven silver bullets at the moon is transformed into a witch instanter."

That was in a similar book that was in my junior high school library. I swear, you'd think someone had planted all of these things where I would find them to turn me into a Brother to the Dark Ones.

Sheesh!

W/V: Stoncoke, which obviously belongs in a flying potion.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Moving to the Ozarks, are we?

Evn said...

Veles: I know exactly how you feel.

Debra: Not moving just yet, but definitely planning a business trip.

zemkat said...

Boy, email me!!!
hellbaby71@yahoo.com

I smashed a sword on my head and then got seduced by a married couple, all in one evening, and I MUST tell you about it.

knottybynature said...

E for Effort?