Doctoring the Devil: Notebooks of an Appalachian Conjure Man

Doctoring the Devil: Notebooks of an Appalachian Conjure Man

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Overview

Who were the old conjurors and witches of Appalachia? What were their practices and beliefs? In Doctoring the Devil, Jake Richards speaks to those questions and more, offering the various ways of "doctoring the devil"-rooting out any unfriendly spirit bringing bad luck, poor health, and calamities of all sorts. Like the blue smoky mists that glide up the Appalachians, Jake leads his readers up the hillsides too, introducing us to folks along the way. We'll also meet the local spirits and learn root ways. Further up the hill, we delve into Jake's notebooks-a personal collection of tried-and-true Appalachian recipes and roots for conjuring love, money, justice, and success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781662083631
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Jake Richards holds his Appalachian heritage close in his blood and bones. His family legacy in Appalachia goes back generations. He has practiced Appalachian folk magic for almost a decade and teaches classes on the subject in Jonesborough, Tennessee, where he owns Little Chicago Conjure, a supplier of Appalachian folk magic supplies and ingredients.

Micah Hanks is an in-demand narrator with a background in film and stage acting.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 Witchcraft and Conjure in Appalachia 5

2 Catching Spirits 25

3 Red Roots 41

4 Corn and Quarters 55

5 Praying at the River 81

6 Salt under the Rocks 103

7 A Dime, a Dollar 121

8 Ain't No Badge That Shines Brighter 133

9 Mockingbird, Mockingbird 145

10 Little Rabbit Skin 159

11 There's a Balm in Gilead 169

12 "I've Been Witched!" 187

13 Run, Devil, Run 203

Conclusion 221

Appendix A Zodiac Signs and Their Corresponding Body Parts 223

Appendix B List of Herbs/Curios and Their Uses 225

Bibliography 259

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