This book is annotated with a rare biographical sketch of the author, written by Elizabeth Robins Pennell. Mr. Leland has been very industrious in collecting himself the strange lore of "what is really the practical religion of all peasants and poor people, that is, their magical ceremonies and medicine; " and he also sets forth in an interesting manner very much material derived from authorities little known to the common English reader. Fortune-telling,witch-doctoring, love-philtering, and other kinds of sorcery are very fully illustrated; the volume is, indeed, quite a cyclopedia in its way. Contents: Preface Chapter I - The Origin Of Witchcraft, Shamanism, And Sorcery-Vindictive And Mischievous Magic Chapter Ii - Charms And Conjurations To Cure The Disorders Of Grown People Hungarian Gypsy Magic Chapter Iii - Gypsy Conjurations And Exorcisms-The Cure Of Children-Hungarian Gypsy Spells-A Curious Old Italian "Secret"-The Magic Virtue Of Garlic-A Florentine Incantation Learned From A Witch-Lilith, The Child-Stealer, And Queen Of The Witches Chapter Iv - South Slavonian And Other Gypsy Witch-Lore.-The Words For A Witch-Vilas And The Spirits Of Earth And Air-Witches, Eggshells, And Egg-Lore-Egg Proverbs-Ova De Crucibus Chapter V - Charms Or Conjurations To Cure Or Protect Animals Chapter Vi - Of Pregnancy And Charms, Or Folk-Lore Connected With It-Boar's Teeth And Charms For Preventing The Flow Of Blood Chapter Vii - The Recovery Of Stolen Property-Love-Charms-Shoes And Love-Potions, Or Philtres Chapter Viii - Roumanian And Transylvanian Sorceries And Superstitions, Connected With Those Of The Gypsies Chapter Ix - The Rendezvous Or Meetings Of Witches, Sorcerers, And Vilas-A Continuation Of South Slavonian Gypsy-Lore Chapter X - Of The Haunts, Homes, And Habits Of Witches In The South Slavic Lands-Bogeys And Humbugs Chapter Xi - Gypsy Witchcraft-The Magical Power Which Is Innate In All Men And Women-How It May Be Cultivated And Developed-The Principles Of Fortune-Telling Chapter Xii - Fortune-Telling (Continued)-Romance Based On Chance, Or Hope, As Regards The Future-Folk-And Sorcery-Lore-Authentic Instances Of Gypsy Prediction Chapter Xiii - Proverbs Referring To Witches, Gypsies, And Fairies Chapter Xiv - A Gypsy Magic Spell-Hokkani Bâso-Lellin Dudikabin, Or The Great Secret-Children's Rhymes And Incantations-Ten Little Indian Boys And Ten Little Acorn Girls Of Marcellus Burdigalensis Chapter Xv - Gypsy Amulets Chapter Xvi - Gypsies, Toads, And Toad-Lore
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