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GOLD PIN

THE GREEK PEOPLE ARE VERY MUCH AFRAID OF THE EVIL EYE.
A BABY MUST WEAR A GOLD PIN ON HIS GOWN
TO PROTECT HIM AGAINST THE EYE.
ONCE A CHILD HAS BEEN BEWITCHED BY THE EVIL EYE
ONLY CERTAIN WOMEN MAY RID HIM OF THE SPEEL.
THIS WOMAN SAYS CERTAIN WORDS IN GREEK.
I DO NOT KNOW THEM , BUT THEY ARE A SORT OF PRAYER.
THIS WOMAN MAY TELL WHOMEVER SHE PLEASES THE WORDS,
AND THEN THIS PERSON IS ABLE TO CAST OFF THE EVIL
EYE SPELL. NO MAN HOWEVER MAY BE TOLD
THESE SECRET WORDS. MY MOTHER IN LAW
KNOWS THEM, AND AFTER SHE REPEATS THEM SHE SPITS.
IF THE BABY BEGINS TO YAWN, THE SPELL IS GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INCANTATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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CONJURATION

I WAS TOLD SOME YEARS AGO THAT WHEN
I WAS AROUND A YEAR OLD. I GOT TO CRYING AND
WOULD NOT STOP. I WOULD NOT STOP FOR ANYONE OR
ANYTHING.
MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD MY MOTHER THAT SOMEONE HAD GIVEN ME
THE EVIL EYE AND THAT WAS WHY I CRIED SO. SHE WANTED TO
TRY SOME "ITALIAN WITCHCRAFT" ON ME TO REMOVE THE EVIL EYE.
AT FIRST MY MOTHER WOULD NOT LET HER, BUT GRANDMA KEPT ASKING
UNTIL SHE DID. GRANDMA TOOK A BOWL OF WATER AND DROPPED
SOME WHEAT IN IT, SHE WATCHED THE GRAIN SINK AND COME
BACK TO THE SURFACE WITH SOME AIR BUBBLES. THE BUBBLES MEANT THAT
INDEED, SOMEONE HAD GIVEN ME THE EVIL EYE. TO REMOVE IT SHE
WENT THROUGH A RITUAL WHICH COMBINED
WITCHCRAFT AND CHRISTIANITY. FIRST,
MADE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS TO HERSELF AND TO ME. THEN SHE
BROKE THE BUBBLES, DIPPED HER FINGER IN THE WATER, MADE A
SIGN OF THE CROSS ON MY FOREHEAD AND SAID THE FOLLOWING VERSES;
OCCHI E MALOCCHI
CORNICELLI A L'OCCHI
SQUATA LE INVIDIA
E CREPA IL MALOCCHIA.
WHICH IN ENGLISH IS:
EYE OF EVIL
GIVEN TO THEE
SQUASH THE ENVY
AND BURST THE EVIL.
AS SOON AS SHE FINISHED ALL THIS , I STOPPED CRYING, TO THE
JOY OF ALL WHO HAD PUT UP WITH MY WAILING FOR A WEEK STRAIGHT.
MY MOTHER SAID THAT THERE WAS NO REASON WHY I WAS CRYING.
THE DOCTOR COULD FIND NOTHING WRONG WITH ME. AS I HAVE SAID,
I CRIED FOR A WEEK STRAIGHT AND DID NOT STOP UNTIL IMMEDIATELY
AFTER GRANDMA HAD FINISHED.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): INCANTATION

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

SAY THE LORD'S PRAYER BACKWARDS AND YOU
WILL SEE THE DEVIL.

Where learned: HOME ; WARREN

Keyword(s): INCANTATION

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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BELIEF

IF YOU LOOK IN A MIRROR ON RAINY NIGHTS AND STARE
INTO THE MIRROR WHILE SAYING "I BELIEVE IN ROSEMARY'S BABY"
AND CONCENTRATE HARD, IT IS BELIEVED THAT YOU CAN
SEE ROSEMARY KILLING HER BABY.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INCANTATION

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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IN THE OLD COUNTRY THEY CURED WARTS BY THROWING BEANS IN A
FIRE AND REPEATED A SECRET FORMULA SOMETHING LIKE WART,
WART, GO AWAY.

Where learned: HUNGARY

James Callow Keyword(s): INCANTATION ; TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1918

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