Day 90: A Glossary of Ozark Folk Magic


Mountain Man Traditional Healing


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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