Strange Advice

The advice is often strange. A mother gives her baby a snake-skin to cure it of whooping cough. One Lisbon society matron boasts of being cured of an abscess by drawing a needle through a ball of worsted over which the witch uttered a spell.

If you want someone to become ill, you strew earth from the cemetery or coarse salt across his doorstep. Intestinal complaints are cured by eating a certain yellow spider dipped in butter. Enemies are banished by eating eggs from a black hen.

Blood from a black cat kills pneumonia and black sheepskin on a pillowcase wards off an earache.

To avenge herself on an unfaithful lover, the Portuguese peasant girl transfixes his photograph with a knife.

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