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Witches Of Pennsylvania

Author : Thomas White
ISBN : 9781625845870
Genre : Religion
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A folklorist chronicles the history and lore of witchcraft in the Keystone State from William Penn’s 17th century witch trial to 20th century occultism. As English and German settlers migrated to Pennsylvania, they brought their beliefs in magic with them from the Old World—sometimes with dangerous consequences. In 1802, for example, an Allegheny County judge helped an accused witch escape an angry mob. But Susan Mummey was not so fortunate. In 1934, she was killed in her home by a young Schuylkill County man who was convinced that she had cursed him. In other regions of the state, views on folk magic were more complex. While hex doctors were feared in the Pennsylvania German tradition, powwowers were and are revered for their abilities to heal, lift curses and find lost objects. In this revealing study, author Thomas White traces the undercurrent of witchcraft and occultism through centuries of Pennsylvania history.
Category: Religion

Witch Of The Monongahela The Folk Magic In Early Western Pennsylvania

Author : Thomas White
ISBN : 9781467145152
Genre : History
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In the ancient hills and misty hollows of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, generations of locals have passed down stories of a woman with mysterious magical powers. People came from near and far to seek healing and protection through her strange rituals. Some even believed she could fly. Named Moll Derry and nicknamed the Witch of the Monongahela, her legend has been documented by writers and folklorists for more than two hundred years. She is intertwined in many regional tales, such as the Lost Children of the Alleghenies and Polly Williams and the White Rocks. Author Thomas White separates fact from fiction in the many versions of Moll Derry and recounts Western Pennsylvania's folk magic history along the way.
Category: History

The Witch Of The Monongahela

Author : Thomas White
ISBN : 1467145157
Genre : History
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In the ancient hills and misty hollows of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, generations of locals have passed down stories of a woman with mysterious magical powers. People came from near and far to seek healing and protection through her strange rituals. Some even believed she could fly. Named Moll Derry and nicknamed the Witch of the Monongahela, her legend has been documented by writers and folklorists for more than two hundred years. She is intertwined in many regional tales, such as the Lost Children of the Alleghenies and Polly Williams and the White Rocks. Author Thomas White separates fact from fiction in the many versions of Moll Derry and recounts Western Pennsylvania's folk magic history along the way.
Category: History

Witches And Rebels Two Novellas From Pennsylvania History

Author : David Laubach
ISBN : 0991096258
Genre : Fiction
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Northern rebellion during the Civil War... Hex and murder in the Depression. Confederacy In Blue: When Elias kills a bounty hunter, he touches off a chain of events which leads the Union Army to his and his neighbors' doors. Meanwhile, President Lincoln and Governor Curtin of Pennsylvania attempt to put down what they see as a Confederate rebellion in the sleepy Fishing Creek Valley during the last year of the Civil War. 150 years later, a historian tries to cope with his feelings as the people of the Valley celebrate their uprising. In a reflection of the Valley's attitude toward Lincoln back then, an out of work veteran expresses his hatred for the president-a sentiment that threatens to turn violent. Season of the Witch: John Blymire knows why he has lost his powers to heal: a witch has hexed him. Now he must challenge the formidable Nelson Rehmeyer and reclaim his powers. York, Pennsylvania's most famous legend is retold by a disillusioned native son-a man who is trying to restore his own imaginative powers through recasting this tale of betrayal, blackmail, and murder.
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Folk Religion Of The Pennsylvania Dutch

Author : Richard L.T. Orth
ISBN : 9781476630748
Genre : Social Science
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For almost three centuries, the "Pennsylvania Dutch"--descended from German immigrants--have practiced white magic, known in their dialect as Braucherei (from the German "brauchen," to use) or Powwowing. The tradition was brought by immigrants from the Rhineland and Switzerland in the 17th and 18th centuries, when they settled in Pennsylvania and in other areas of what is now the eastern United States and Canada. Practitioners draw on folklore and tradition dating to the turn of the 19th century, when healers like Mountain Mary--canonized as a saint for her powers--arrived in the New World. The author, a member of the Pennsylvania Dutch community, describes in detail the practices, culture and history of faith healers and witches.
Category: Social Science

Hex Signs

Author : Don Yoder
ISBN : 0811727998
Genre : Art
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Investigates the possible meanings of hex-sign barn decorations, both historically and at the present.
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Pennsylvania Folk Art

Author : John Joseph Stoudt
ISBN : UOM:39015014337573
Genre : Art, Pennsylvania Dutch
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Category: Art, Pennsylvania Dutch

Pennsylvania German Folklore Society

Author : Pennsylvania German Folklore Society
ISBN : UOM:39015073486139
Genre : Folklore
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Vol. 7-17, 19-21 include the proceedings of the society's Annual meeting, 1942-1952, 1954-1956.
Category: Folklore

The Red Church Or The Art Of Pennsylvania German Braucherei

Author : C. R. Bilardi
ISBN : 9780982031858
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A comprehensive guide to the history, theory and practice of Pow Wow, this book draws upon historical documentation, traditional methods, and a life of personal experience. Pow Wow, or Braucherei, as it is known by its practitioners, is a system of folk magic that has its roots in Christian and Pre-Christian Germany, but its character is wholy American - the quintissential American magical system. Drawing on quotes from the Bible, qabalistic principles and old gromoires, it is empowered by the Holy Trinity, and most practitioners consider themselves to be Christian, much like the Cunning Folk of England. The final chapter, about Doctor Santee, references material and uses a photograph that is copyright GLHoke, and used with permission. "The Red Church: The Art of Pennsylvania German Braucherei is the finest book on German magic to be seen in decades. Comprehensive in its historical, philosophical and cultural roots, The Red Church is a book that will be appreciated by academics and modern practitioners of not just folk and ceremonial magic alike, but also energetic and faith healing, symbolism, and cultural psychology. Extensively researched and documented, no one interested in the survival of Medieval and Renaissance magic into the modern era should be without a copy of it within easy reach." - Mark Stavish, Director of Studies, Institute for Hermetic Studies, author of, The Path of Alchemy, Freemasonry - Rituals, Symbols and History of the Secret Society, and Between the Gates: Lucid Dreaming, Astral Projection and the Body of Light.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

A History Of Pennsylvania

Author : Thomas Stone March
ISBN : PSU:000027465806
Genre : Pennsylvania
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Powwowing Among The Pennsylvania Dutch

Author : David W. Kriebel
ISBN : 0271032138
Genre : Religion
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Known in Pennsylvania Dutch as brauche or braucherei, the folk-healing practice of powwowing was thought to draw upon the power of God to heal all manner of physical and spiritual ills. Yet some people believed, and still believe today, that this power to heal came not from God, but from the devil. Controversy over powwowing came to a climax in 1929 with the York Hex Murder Trial, in which one powwower from York County, Pennsylvania, killed another powwower (who, he believed, had placed a hex on him). In Powwowing Among the Pennsylvania Dutch, David Kriebel examines the practice of powwowing in a scholarly light and shows that, contrary to popular belief, the practice of powwowing is still active today. Because powwowing lacks extensive scholarly documentation, David Kriebel&’s research is both a groundbreaking inquiry and a necessity for the scholar of Pennsylvania German history and culture. The fact that powwowing is still practiced may come as a surprise to some readers, but included in this book are the interviews Kriebel had with living powwowers during his seven years of fieldwork in southeastern and central Pennsylvania. Along with these interviews, Kriebel includes biographical sketches of seven living powwowers; descriptions of powwowing as it was practiced in years past, compared with the practice today; a discussion of the belief of powwowing as healing; and a discussion of the future, if any, of powwowing, and what it will take for powwowing to continue to survive.
Category: Religion

Witchcraft And Magic

Author : Helen A. Berger
ISBN : 0812219716
Genre : Religion
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Magic, always part of the occult underground in North America, has experienced a resurgence since the 1960s. Although most contemporary magical religions have come from abroad, they have found fertile ground in which to develop in North America. Who are today's believers in Witchcraft and how do they worship? Alternative spiritual paths have increased the ranks of followers dramatically, particularly among well-educated middle-class individuals. Witchcraft and Magic conveys the richness of magical religious experiences found in today's culture, covering the continent of North America and the Caribbean. These original essays survey current and historical issues pertinent to religions that incorporate magical or occult beliefs and practices, and they examine contemporary responses to these religions. The relationship between Witchcraft and Neopaganism is explored, as is their intersection with established groups practicing goddess worship. Recent years have seen the growth in New Age magic and Afro-Caribbean religions, and these developments are also addressed in this volume. All the religions covered offer adherents an alternative worldview and rituals that are aimed at helping individuals redefine themselves and make their interactions with the environment more empowered. Many modern occult religions share an absence of dogma or central authority to determine orthodoxy, and have become a contemporary experience embracing modern concerns like feminism, environmentalism, civil rights, and gay rights. Afro-Caribbean religions such as Santera, Palo, and Curanderismo, which do have a more developed dogma and authority structure, offer their followers a religion steeped in African and Hispanic traditions. Responses to the growth of magical religions have varied, from acceptance to an unfounded concern about the growth of a satanic underground. And, as magical religions have flourished, increased interest has resulted in a growing commercialization, with its threat of trivialization.
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