Day 90: A Glossary of Ozark Folk Magic

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I’ve decided to repost this glossary here in my Folk Magic 365 series. I’m trying to start keeping all my writings in one place.

The Glossary:

Bad thing: Refers only to witchcraft performed as a way of hurting, killing, or poisoning someone. A bad thing can be anything that someone steps in, i.e. powders, tricks, etc. or a bad thing can sometimes be sewn into clothing or hidden in someone’s house, barn, etc.

Black Magic: The work of witches that has been empowered by the Devil or by evil spirits, strictly used in a negative sense by hillfolk. There is never any reference to “white magic”, but instead to more benign forms of folk magic like yarb work, or faith healing.

Booger Dog: “Booger” refers to a whole host of mythical black animals that are sometimes thought to be a witch in disguise. Black animals in general…

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