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Witch ward-off? Archaeology find from national geographic

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Oct. 29th, 2009 | 08:31 pm
posted by: lucy_chronicles in druidry

http://feeds.nationalgeographic.com/click.phdo?i=6b9276be3de00d7d56ff50050a29c51e

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/rss/article_id.pl?id=57403373
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In time for Halloween, archaeologists have unearthed a witch bottle—a stone jug that may have contained toenails, hair, and other bodily bits to deter witches and other evildoers.
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how do they know it was a 'witch' and why is it 'evil' instead of a shaman, doctors or other healers? geesh...


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Pirate Jenny

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from: piratejenny
date: Oct. 31st, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Witch bottles weren't used as medicine though. They were used to avert supposed spells and such--though I suppose if someone thought they or their cattle were sick because of a witch it would count as such. I admit to not having read the article yet, but I've read a bit about witch bottles and other supposed cures to being cursed.

I was talking about medicine in general--I knew that schools started dissecting sometime around this but I didn't remember if it was further into the 18th century.

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