Balkan Traditional Witchcraft
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Published in English for the first time, this groundbreaking book by Radomir Ristic is a compilation of historical data, anthropological studies, and the authors own experiences and interviews with the Witches of the Balkans. Covering both theory and practice, the book gives a complete system of Balkan Traditional Witchcraft.
Balkan Traditional Witchcraft is an ancient system from humanity's dawn that has survived into modern times due to the unique history of the region, and its practice can be applied to any culture, state or region in the world.
Translated into English by Michael C. Carter, Jr., this book - a bestseller in its native Serbia - is an incredible look into the world of the Balkan Witch, covering ritual trance, tools, rites for healing, love, divination, defense and for making charms. It also explores the supernatural beings that Balkan Witches share their world with, deities, fairies and other spirits. There has never been such a deep exploration of the magic of this region available in English before.
night to meet with some of the women; because of its flights the clouds could not assemble over the village, and that is the reason why there was no rainfall. Because of this, some of the farmers suggested that vrzino kolo must be danced to drive away the dragon, because for such a powerful creature, it is necessary to perform one of the most powerful rituals. Everyone agreed. The ritual was performed late in the night of the 21st of July. Around fifty villagers gathered in the graveyard and lit
entire ritual At exactly one minute past midnight (12+1=13), she puts a live black cat or black rooster into the cauldron. She waits until the meat has completely boiled of the animal’s bones; she then pours out the water and collects the bones. She then takes up the mirror in one hand, and with the other, puts each bone, one by one, to her mouth. She watches each bone touch her lower lip through the mirror the entire time. It is absolutely necessary to do this with each bone. When she brings the
creates them. In essence, only a male that plans to wear it could make it (this amulet is also usable by men only), a mother of wife could make it, or if the man asks a Witch, she could make it for him. The first of those three ways is considered the oldest, the best and the most original. The man must make it on his own in that moment when the need arises, such as when he must go to war, or on a trip where his life will be in harm’s way. Here what it looks like. The night before Ascension Day,
the place where it used to be. It is said that house dwarves are responsible. No one gets upset; however, as house dwarves are considered protectors of the house and family. Their existence was supposedly proven by an individual who spilled flour on the floor, then invoked the dwarves and asked for small gifts. The next morning, the gifts were there, as were paths through the spilled flour left by the tiny dwarfen feet. Just like Raskovnik, the house dwarf is considered to be a good helper with
Christian holiday “duhovi” that overlaps with the village’s holiday, the people gathered in front of a deep cave at the source of the Dubocka river. Before gathering, rites dedicated to the dead were performed, and they walked to the “wooden cross” (most often an oak) where sacrifices were offered in the form of food and drink. By the way, this holy tree has many names in Serbia and the assumption is that it represented the former main Pagan god or god of vegetation. After gathering around the