A Witchcraft which is practiced in the southern mountains of Arkansas and Missouri. Such a practice, one might expect, is a rejection of the «Bible belt» fundamentalist religions, particularly the Southern Baptist. denomination. The initiation occurred on three consecutive nights. The initiate, usually a young woman, slept and had sexual intercourse with a male witch who became the incarnation of the Devil. Also, on these nights this person taught the young woman many secrets of the Craft. Many initiates claimed the experience was more inspirational than Christian conversion.
The following article contains occurrences that occurred in Ozark folklore concerning witchcraft and witches in the Ozark region of the United States:
In the Ozarks women that complained of food being too salty are suspected of being witches. A method of detecting a witch, according to Ozark legend, is to sprinkle salt on the seat of a chair. When a woman sits in the chair, if she is a witch, the salt will melt and cause her dress to stick to the chair.
In the Ozarks, a witch ball is made of black hair rolled with beeswax into a ball the size of a marble. It is employed in curses. When a witch wishes to harm somebody, she makes the ball and throws it at the person. In folklore of the Ozarks, supposedly when someone is killed by a witch, a witch ball is always found close by the body. A.G.H.
See also: Ozark Witchcraft folklore, Witch peg.
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