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Incantations and Superstitions of the 1860s and Where They Came From

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Incantations, Superstitions, and Spells of the 1860s Where did they come from? Most spells, incantations, and superstitions that were practiced in the southern United States during the 1860s came from slaves. African Americans have been practicing the religion of Voodoo, also known/spelled as Voudou, Vodou, and Voudun. Most all of the superstitions that slaves practiced came from the ancient religion of Voodoo. Even when they were captured and taken away from their homeland to work as slaves, African Americans didn't abandon their religion. It is still practiced today. Some of these superstitions include: When the hands of a dead person remain limp, some other member of the family will soon follow him in death.
When a spider builds a web in your house, you may expect a visitor the same color as the spider.
A singing fire is a sign of snow.
If a cat takes up at your house it’s a sign of good luck; a dog–bad luck.
If a spark of fire pops on you, it is a sign that you will receive some money or a letter. For more superstitions, see http://clatterymachinery.wordpress.com/2006/07/05/ex-slave-interviews-folk-remedies-and-superstition/ For more... Contrary to popular belief, voodoo dolls were mainly used for blessings, not curses Connecting to Tom Sawyer On pages,47-50, Huckleberry tells Tom about the spell he was going to try with the dead cat to get rid of warts, and Huck talks about how he got to know how Bob Thatcher did his spell and about where Huck got his superstition. Huck goes through a long list of people that told people, but gets to saying that a n------- or slave told him about it. Spells, incantations, and superstitions were mainly for boys and slaves, so this explains why a slave boy was telling some of the boys in Tom's world about these crazy beliefs. To dream of muddy water, maggots, or fresh meat is a sign of death. To dream of caskets is also a sign of death. You may expect to hear of as many deaths as there are caskets in the dream.
To dream of blood is a sign of trouble.
To dream of fish is a sign of motherhood.
To dream of eggs is a sign of trouble unless the eggs are broken. If the eggs are broken, your trouble is ended.
To dream of snakes is a sign of enemies. If you kill the snakes, you have conquered your enemies.
To dream of fire is a sign of danger.
To dream of a funeral is a sign of a wedding.
To dream of a wedding is a sign of a funeral.
To dream of silver money is a sign of bad luck; bills—good luck.
To dream of dead folk is a sign of rain. Bibliography Oliphant, Louise. (2006, July 5). Ex-Slave Interviews: Folk Remedies and Superstition. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://clatterymachinery.wordpress.com/2006/07/05/ex-slave-interviews-folk-remedies-and-superstition/ Andrae, Christine.(2009). Slave Medicine. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from http://www.monticello.org/library/exhibits/lucymarks/medical/slavemedicine.html Clemens, Samuel.(2002). The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Signet Classic. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc. Matthews, Terry. The Religion of Slaves. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://mamiwata.com/slavery1.html Superstitions. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from http://www.motherbedford.com/Superstitions.htm Superstitions Video
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