Staubs and Ditchwater

Author: H. Byron Ballard
Publisher: Silver Rings Press
ISBN: 9780976758181
Format: PDF, Mobi
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a Friendly and Useful Introduction to HillFolks’ Hoodoo

Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia

Author: Anthony Cavender
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469617390
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In the first comprehensive exploration of the history and practice of folk medicine in the Appalachian region, Anthony Cavender melds folklore, medical anthropology, and Appalachian history and draws extensively on oral histories and archival sources from the nineteenth century to the present. He provides a complete tour of ailments and folk treatments organized by body systems, as well as information on medicinal plants, patent medicines, and magico-religious beliefs and practices. He investigates folk healers and their methods, profiling three living practitioners: an herbalist, a faith healer, and a Native American healer. The book also includes an appendix of botanicals and a glossary of folk medical terms. Demonstrating the ongoing interplay between mainstream scientific medicine and folk medicine, Cavender challenges the conventional view of southern Appalachia as an exceptional region isolated from outside contact. His thorough and accessible study reveals how Appalachian folk medicine encompasses such diverse and important influences as European and Native American culture and America's changing medical and health-care environment. In doing so, he offers a compelling representation of the cultural history of the region as seen through its health practices.

Embracing Willendorf

Author: H. Byron Ballard
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780996758352
Format: PDF, ePub
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This is a saga both serious and ridiculous of how the author came to love her body and listen to it, even when it whispered nonsensical things. Embracing Willendorf: A Witch's Way of Loving Your Body to Health and Fitness is a kind of memoir, a story of walking and pondering, of thongs and tight Levis. And it is about transformation. About choosing to be healthier and achieving that through a wonderfully simple idea--that when we love our bodies, we will do what we need to do to nourish these exquisite and beautiful machines. Try out the tasty and healthy recipes in the back, then pick up a few rather naughty books from the suggested reading list. Because once you start loving your body, all sorts of interesting opportunities may present themselves. This book is your personal recipe with the ingredients for living a rich and vibrant life--and perhaps discovering your true self in the process. Embrace your life and your strong physical self. Embrace your Willendorf.

The Return of the Light

Author: Carolyn McVickar Edwards
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 9781569243602
Format: PDF, ePub
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This beautifully packaged collection of 12 stories from around the world honor the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year that is revered worldwide. Illustrations.

Appalachian Lore

Author: Philip Kent Church
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781530317103
Format: PDF
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This book is a blend of folktales, long-held traditions, historical research, firsthand accounts and superstitions from the people and places of the Appalachian Mountains. This includes age-old folk lore, modern tales and urban legends. Additionally, there is a section dedicated to the Native American lore of the Cherokee --- who once originated in the Appalachians.

Appalacian Magic The Life and Lessons of a Fortune Teller

Author: Janet Rice
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780983426202
Format: PDF, ePub
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Appalachian Magic is about the life of Janet Rice who was born into a humble, hardworking family in the heart of Appalachia. It was a time and place where communication was limited and all one had to depend on was family and neighbors. Superstition ran rampant amongst the people, as well as hard-core religion. It was common practice to mix folklore, spells, and religion together in the quiet solitude of the majestic hills. There were stories and legends told in hushed tones about demons, ghosts, spells being cast and curses being removed. The local fortune tellers, tea leaf readers, and water glass gazers were always available. Appalachian Magic begins in the forties and weaves a magical story about a young girl who grew up in the hills of Appalachia. She took the wisdom that she had learned from her ancestors and coupled it with her intuitive abilities to become a successful Appalachian Fortune Teller.

Earth Works

Author: H. Byron Ballard
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780996758376
Format: PDF, Docs
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Earth Works is a book for a time of cultural change that author Byron Ballard calls "Tower Time." This book explores long-term effects on both the planet and its inhabitants and includes tried-and-true rituals and ceremonies to improve resilience and face inevitable change with courage and humor. You will find ideas, inspiration, and hope.

The Candle and the Crossroads

Author: Orion Foxwood
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN: 9781609258016
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Learn the ways of magic and healing from the living, oral tradition of Appalachian Conjure in The Candle and the Crossroads. Orion Foxwood offers a primer on the real magic and techniques of Southern root magic, knowledge he learned first-hand growing up in rural Appalachia. Foxwood explains magical techniques including: Spirit SightWorking by the Signs (the ability to synchronize work such as farming, fertility of humans and animals, orcharding)ConjuringFaith HealingSettling the Light (candle magic)Doctoring the Root (the ability to use herbs, roots, stones, or animal parts—bones, claws, fur, etc. for magic or the clearing, cleansing, and blessing of the spirit of a person, also known as his or her root)Praying or Dreaming True (Blessings of spirit/God to a person, place, or thing as well as prophetic or predictive dreaming)Blessing or Cursing The Candle and the Crossroads shows how to create magic in today’s world with the old ways and traditions of Appalachia.

Southern Folk Medicine

Author: Phyllis D. Light
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1623171563
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"This book is the first to describe the history, folklore, assessment methods, and remedies of Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine(SAFM)--the only system of folk medicine, other than Native American, that developed in the United States. One of the system's last active practitioners, Phyllis D. Light has studied and worked with herbs, foods, and other healing techniques for more than thirty years. In everyday language, she explains how Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine was passed down orally through the generations by herbalists and healers who cared for people in their communities with the natural tools on hand. Several cultural and healing traditions merged together over a period of time to create Southern Folk Medicine, which draws from the medicine systems of the Greeks (humoral system, astrology), Native Americans (indigenous plant use, spiritual traditions, elements), African (spiritual traditions, foods), and the folk medicine of the British Isles (elements, humors, superstitions, herbs). Light shows that this is not a forgotten system, but an active, viable approach to herbalism that is readily understood and easily put into practice. A fourth-generation herbalist and healer, the author began her studies in the deep woods of North Alabama with lessons from her grandmother, whose knowledge had its roots in her Creek/Cherokee heritage. Light continued as an apprentice with the late Tommie Bass, a nationally renowned folk herbalist, as well as other herbal Elders throughout the Appalachians and the Deep South. Light's extensive knowledge and experience informs her explanation of the Southern Blood Types, which is different from any other indigenous system. The four elements and four tastes form the energetic foundation of the principles and practices, which recognize each individual's uniqueness and the fact that people with the same disorder might have totally different symptoms and therefore might there need totally different herbal remedies. Not only an elucidating description of Southern Folk Medicine, but also a fascinating account of how a healthcare system evolved to meet the needs of the people of this country, this book presents a comprehensive look at a uniquely American concept of healing based on self-care and personal responsibility"--]cProvided by publisher.