Folk magic is the magic of the common people, usually without elaborate ritual or preparation. It is found in children's rhymes: "Rain, rain, go away ...", in casual acts such as throwing a pinch of spilled salt over the shoulder, and in gestures such as burying iron under the hearth of a new home. It is neither religion nor superstition, but a belief that the energy flowing through people and natural objects can cause positive change.
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The Arcane Archive
A cache of usenet and other text files pertaining to occult, mystical, and spiritual subjects.
The Evil Eye
Article in the e-zine Azerbaijan International, by Jean Patterson and Arzu Aghayeva describing the belief and available protection.
Gemstones and Crystals
Alphabetical list of stones used for magic and healing, with scientific description, variants, and associated magical properties.
Issues in Ethnicity: The Demory Site Skull
Christopher Fennell, a University of Virginia anthropologist, describes a small X-marked clay skull, an article of malevolent conjuration buried beneath a Virginia farm house between 1780 and 1860, raising significant issues in ethnic studies, folk magic, anthropology, and historical archeology.
Lucky Mojo: The Evil Eye
An essay on the blue glass "Nazar Boncugu" or "Eye Bead" worn for protection in Turkey, Cyprus, the Central Asian Turkic Republics, and among the Uigur Turks of China.
Symbolic Healing in Hungarian Ethnomedicine
Describes rituals involved in curing illness believed to be caused by magic. Includes examples and references.
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