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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. These and many more fascinating folk-healing rituals were secretly administered by healers, “witches,” and religious caregivers who tended the medical and spiritual needs of rural Norwegians for hundreds of years. In Remedies and Rituals, Kathleen Stokker culls from hundreds of original documents and first-hand accounts to detail the ingredients, customs, and histories behind natural remedies, potions, whispered spells, and the infamous “black books” used for centuries by Norway’s folk healers. Stokker also illuminates the surprising personalities of those who risked imprisonment and persecution to help fellow Norwegians throughout the nineteenth century, as well as the often reluctant healers in the U.S. who continued to treat immigrants living in rural communities beyond the reach of doctors. Dodging harsh criminal laws championed by formally trained doctors, these rebel practitioners drew on ancient written and oral sources to treat everything from burns, broken bones, and whooping cough to difficult labors and emotional stress.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface [Includes Note about Spelling]
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. 1. Healing the People
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. 2. Folk Healers and Folk Cures: Filling the void
  2. pp. 23-60
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  1. 3. The Pastor as Doctor: A matter of trust
  2. pp. 61-74
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  1. 4. The Black Book: Magical, mystical medicine
  2. pp. 75-104
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  1. 5. Doctor Books: Mirroring the march of medicine
  2. pp. 105-122
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  1. 6. Birthing Children: Do-it-yourself delivery
  2. pp. 123-154
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  1. 7. Rickets Remedies and Lore: From changelings to English disease
  2. pp. 155-176
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  1. 8. Alcohol as Medicine and Scourge: From “water of life” to “Devil’s yoke”
  2. pp. 177-200
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  1. 9. The Letting and Staunching of Blood: Traditional remedies newly relevant
  2. pp. 201-226
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  1. 10. Remembered Remedies
  2. pp. 227-241
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 243-294
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 295-296
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 297-314
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-336
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  1. Illustration credits
  2. pp. 337-338
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780873517508
Related ISBN
9780873515764
MARC Record
OCLC
794701010
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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