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Author Name    Thompson, C.J.S.

Title   MAGIC AND HEALING: THE HISTORY AND FOLKLORE OF MAGICAL HEALING PRACTICES FROM HERB-LORE AND INCANTATIONS TO RINGS AND PRECIOUS STONES.

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good+

Jacket Condition   Very Good+

Edition   Reprint

Publisher   New York Bell 1989

ISBN Number    0517688336 / 9780517688335

Seller ID   27586

176 pp, 9 3/16" H. "Magic, in one form or another, was believed to be instrumental in curing human beings of physical and mental disease until the dawn of modern medicine. (This) is a compendium of the history and folklore of magical healing practices throughout recorded time. Topics covered include healing by incantations and touch, Anglo-Saxon herb lore, traditional healing herbs, plants of the devil and plants dedicated to saints, magic girdles, magical stones, healing horns, sympathetic healing, and the psychological effects of magic in healing. This collection of folklore and anecdotes sheds light on practices that are little-known today. Transplantation of disease - or the transference of the ailment from the victim to a neutral object, was one common means of healing. A cure for a 'crick-in-the-neck' or a cut was to twist a piece of willow around the affected part in order to draw the pain away; persons suffering from toothache were recommended to bite the first fern they came across and then bury it. An herbal drink to cure a man possessed by devils was specified to be drunk from the church bell; treatment for typhus fever consisted of incantations accompanied by a brew of herbs: feverrue, ram's fall, fennel, and waybread. The Druids attributed marvelous powers to mistletoe, and a liquid distilled from mistletoe and water was said to protect against the evil spells fo witches and sorcerers. Although science has superseded magic in the medical arts, magic remains a potent alternative force today. The role of magic in the science of healing is of significant interest to historians, scientists, and practitioners of magic alike, and in 'Magic and Healing', C.J.S. Thompson has given us a fascinating history of magical powers and healing practices." Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, slight color offset on inside of spine.

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