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Witch Bottles: Hoodoo and British

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.religion.orisha,alt.lucky.w,alt.magick.folk,alt.pagan,alt.magick
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Witch Bottles: Hoodoo and British
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 03:20:23 GMT

Vasa wrote:
> cat yronwode wrote:

> > The fact that the burying of witch bottles has fallen into disuse 
> > in Britain...

 Hi Cat,
>         I'm sorry, but this statement is not true, many people 
> still bury witch bottles. It's more the "Traditional" folk that use 
> them. But the practice is far from extinct. Thought you'd like to 
> know. 

Hi -- THANK YOU! I do not live in Britain, so i was taking the
archaeologist's word that they are not used there now. I sent my
comments about African-American hoodoo witch bottles to him and he
emailed me, by the way, and said that the reporter quoted him wrong and
that the latest ones he knew of were mid-20th century, not mid-19th, as
noted in the Guardian newspaper. But he firmly believes they are not
used today in Britain as protection agaisnt witches. 

I ran into a similar situation with an American archaeologist who had
discovered a trove of hoodoo artifacts in Maryland dating from the 1700s
to late 19th century. He truly did not know that anyone still uses this
stuff  -- with the same ingredients -- today, and when i sent him a
batch of items i manufacture and sell, he was stunned. He really thought
it was all "dead history." 

The British witch bottle expert is named Brian Hoggard. If you have
information to share with him about witch bottles in Britain (or dead
cats or horse skulls or old shoes interred in the walls of buildings),
please email him or visit his web site. He is actively collecting
information from Great Britain. He can be reached at 
and his web site is


cat yronwode 

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