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Remedies and Rituals: Folk Medicine in Norway and the New Land
 
 
Author
Kathleen Stokker.
Publisher Minnesota Hist. Society  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780873515764
Pages/Publication Date 336/2007
Daedalus Item Code 24130
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"To cure a fever that begins with chills, write the following on a piece of bread and give it to the patient for eight days, one piece each day, and on the ninth day, burn the last piece: Colameris x, Colameri x, Colamer x, Colame x, Colam x, Cola x, Col x, Co x, and C x." "To prevent the huldrefolk from stealing your healthy child and leaving a child with rickets in its place, make three dolls from the child's clothing to put into the cradle. The huldrefolk will take one of them instead of your child." "For headache, drink six to eight glasses of lye made from juniper ashes and old beer, or soak crushed juniper berries in wine for and hour and apply them to the temples." These and many other ancient folk-healing rituals were secretly administered by the healers, so-called witches, and religious caregivers who continued to minister to rural Norwegians in the 19th and 20th centuries despite harsh criminal penalties enacted to discourage the practice. A professor of Norwegian, Kathleen Stokker details the ingredients, customs, and histories behind these remedies, potions, and whispered spells from the notorious "black books" of Norway's folk healers.
 
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