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« Topic Start: October 03, 2009, 10:31:37 pm »

I have been able to find some info on natural healing and folk remedies from Appalacia,  but nothing about their magic and spell casting.  It seems to be  extremely guarded.  I had a man admit that his grandmother was a Mountain Witch once but refused to say any more when I expressed an interest                                                                                          Does anyone have any suggestions on where to get information on this ?    Thanks,   Shadowolf
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« Reply #1: October 04, 2009, 12:32:42 am »

I have been able to find some info on natural healing and folk remedies from Appalacia,  but nothing about their magic and spell casting.  It seems to be  extremely guarded.  I had a man admit that his grandmother was a Mountain Witch once but refused to say any more when I expressed an interest                                                                                          Does anyone have any suggestions on where to get information on this ?    Thanks,   Shadowolf

Maybe that man was leading you on?  I don't know for sure, but in some cases saying that "Oh, my grandma was..." indicates a possible forgery.  Anyway, I think witchvox.com has a little bit of info on Appalacian folk magic in their trads section.
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« Reply #2: October 04, 2009, 02:29:43 am »

Maybe that man was leading you on?  I don't know for sure, but in some cases saying that "Oh, my grandma was..." indicates a possible forgery.  Anyway, I think witchvox.com has a little bit of info on Appalacian folk magic in their trads section.
Quite possibly,  I don't take everything I hear as fact, but I have heard of so many references to "healers" that some of them must be true.  Another one was:  A man had a daughter with some condition that the d'rs couldn't cure.  Someone said that they knew an old man who might consent to help.  The old man phoned the father and said he would be glad to help the girl but refused to see them and wanted no contact other than the one phonecall, and of course the girl improved.  I am not saying that is true either. But certainly possible because I myself was cured of a problem in a very similar way.                                                                        Thanks for the tip about witchvox,  I will check it out,    Shadowolf
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« Reply #3: October 04, 2009, 06:49:50 am »

Quite possibly,  I don't take everything I hear as fact, but I have heard of so many references to "healers" that some of them must be true.  Another one was:  A man had a daughter with some condition that the d'rs couldn't cure.  Someone said that they knew an old man who might consent to help.  The old man phoned the father and said he would be glad to help the girl but refused to see them and wanted no contact other than the one phonecall, and of course the girl improved.  I am not saying that is true either. But certainly possible because I myself was cured of a problem in a very similar way.                                                                        Thanks for the tip about witchvox,  I will check it out,    Shadowolf

Just a quick note, Shadowolf...  Your posts are coming through formatted really strangely, with odd blank spaces at the beginning of lines (or even in the middle of them sometimes) and no space between paragraphs, sometimes without any paragraph breaks at all.  I'm wondering if you're writing them in another program (like Word or Notepad) and then copying them in; these look like the kind of formatting problems that occasionally happen when people do that.  If that's the case, you probably want to use the Preview button before actually posting, so you can see whether there's formatting stuff you need to fix.  (The rest of us would appreciate it, I think; this is getting kind of difficult to read.)

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« Reply #4: October 04, 2009, 11:29:39 am »

Just a quick note, Shadowolf...  Your posts are coming through formatted really strangely, with odd blank spaces at the beginning of lines (or even in the middle of them sometimes) and no space between paragraphs, sometimes without any paragraph breaks at all.  I'm wondering if you're writing them in another program (like Word or Notepad) and then copying them in; these look like the kind of formatting problems that occasionally happen when people do that.  If that's the case, you probably want to use the Preview button before actually posting, so you can see whether there's formatting stuff you need to fix.  (The rest of us would appreciate it, I think; this is getting kind of difficult to read.)  Thanks for pointing that out Star

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« Reply #5: October 05, 2009, 05:56:12 pm »

I have been able to find some info on natural healing and folk remedies from Appalacia,  but nothing about their magic and spell casting.  It seems to be  extremely guarded.  I had a man admit that his grandmother was a Mountain Witch once but refused to say any more when I expressed an interest                                                                                          Does anyone have any suggestions on where to get information on this ?    Thanks,   Shadowolf

If you read some of the Foxfire books, which were intended to preserve Appalachian and mountain lore and skills, there's some information on "faith healing" that could seem an awful like rustic witchcraft. There's stories about "healers", usually old men or women, who have cured children of thrush, or "driven the fire out" of a burn. That might give you a good start to finding out more about those beliefs, although they generally seem rooted in a kind of Christianity, and many people who actually live in the mountains won't talk about it.
Most libraries seem to carry, or are able to transfer, a copy of the first anthology that I know has the information in it. You can also visit the Foxfire Fund website for more information.
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« Reply #6: October 07, 2009, 12:14:33 pm »

If you read some of the Foxfire books, which were intended to preserve Appalachian and mountain lore and skills, there's some information on "faith healing" that could seem an awful like rustic witchcraft.
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« Reply #7: October 07, 2009, 02:40:14 pm »

Anyway, I think witchvox.com has a little bit of info on Appalacian folk magic in their trads section.

If it's the Witchvox article that was linked here a while ago, it's pure crap -- a couple germs of genuine info mixed in with a huge amount of Neo-Wiccan fantasizing.  There are plenty of actual scholarly collections and books about Appalachian folklore, which are legit sources.
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« Reply #8: October 15, 2009, 04:03:19 pm »

If it's the Witchvox article that was linked here a while ago, it's pure crap -- a couple germs of genuine info mixed in with a huge amount of Neo-Wiccan fantasizing.  There are plenty of actual scholarly collections and books about Appalachian folklore, which are legit sources.

As someone who lives deep in the NC Appalacians, the folk magic of the region is a very guarded on who is tought it, and if you want to learn any of this, you will have to live in the mountians for years and have some luck on who you meet.  You can learn some of the folklore from books, but to learn the actual craft you have to earn peoples trust over a long time (5-10 YEARS as a minimum).   And it is far from what you would learn from a Wiccan source (and being a Wiccan would actually be a hinderance from most of the people, as most of the people are deeply christian.)  and sorry, not going to post what little I know (I am not pretending that I am a expert, just that a few folks have shown me a bit of herbalism and a bit of what would pass as witchcraft) but it is not something I would post on a online fourm, perhaps if you knew me for a couple of years  Tongue

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