GYPSY SORCERY and FORTUNE TELLING

ILLUSTRATED BY INCANTATIONS, SPECIMENS OF MEDICAL MAGIC, ANECDOTES, TALES

by Charles Godfrey Leland

Late President of the Gypsy-Lore Society

London: T. Fisher Unwin

[1891]

CONTENTS

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, Egg-Shells,   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 Baro--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

PREFACE




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