Gypsy Sorcery & Fortune Telling by Charles Godfrey Leland
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Gypsy Sorcery & Fortune Telling by Charles Godfrey Leland

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Trade paperback.  Introduction by Gemma Gary.

We are delighted to announce the next title in our series of classic texts by Charles Godfrey Leland, following on from Aradia – Or The Gospel of the Witches with our edition of Gypsy Sorcery & Fortune Telling with introduction by Gemma Gary.

First published in 1891, Gypsy Sorcery & Fortune Telling presents a unique and fascinating collection of gypsy witchcraft, folklore, charms, spells, cures, and divination and is profusely illustrated with the author’s own evocative drawings. One of the witchcraft revival’s most influential figures, American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland, who would become the founding president of the Gypsy Lore Society, sought out the gypsies of England; befriending them, learning their language and immersing himself in their beliefs, stories and practices.

Table of Contents:

FOREWORD by Gemma Gary


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