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Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling has 61 ratings and 8 reviews. Steve said: This review serves as a double review for not only am I evaluating a book but. Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling () by Charles Godfrey Leland Charms · Roumanian and Transylvanian Sorceries and Superstitions. Gypsy sorcery and fortune telling, illustrated by numerous incantations, specimens of medical magic, by Leland, Charles Godfrey,

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It had been proved that to teach trades was an impossibility. In England he had found what could really be done by cold hammering brass on wood, and in America he popularized this discovery. Hence the belief in ghosts, as soon as men began to care for death at all, or to miss those who had gone. Before he left America there were more than three hundred attending his classes. Sometimes I was irritated and sometimes I loved it.

HEINE was not in his reasoning moments anything more or less than a strict Deist or Monotheist, but all the dreams and spectres, fairies and goblins, whether of the Middle Ages or the Talmud, were inexpressibly dear to him, and they move like myriad motes through the sunshine of his poetry and prose, often causing long rays when there were bars at the window—like that on which the saint hung his cloak.

Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling

Leland travelled to Europe and lived with the Gysies for a good length of time. When, after the rounds were made, there fotune a few minutes to spare — which did not often happen — he went into the next room, where other children were busy under teachers, working out their own designs in wood or clay or leather.

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Cuthbert Bede mentions the case of fprtune farmer’s wife in Rutland who received a setting of ducks’ eggs from a neighbour at nine o’clock at night. During this time he has pitched his tent, so to speak, in many parts of America and Europe and even of the East.

Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling by Charles Godfrey Leland

A nice informative read. Gypsies believe that many objects likes swords, rabbit feet and stone can have a conciousness and life sodcery if attached to a person for a long enough time. James’s Gazette, January 16,the corpse-candle superstition is still firmly enshrined among the tenets of thieves all over Europe.


And I respectfully submit to my reader, or critic, that I have in no instance, either in this or any other case, wandered an my real subject, and that the entire work forms a carefully considered and consistent whole. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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Leland’s own fashioning to a Chinese mandolin, its mantelshelf and low book-cases crowded with Chinese and Hindu deities, Venetian glass, Etruscan vases, Indian birch-bark boxes, and Philadelphia pottery of striking form and ornament. We may call it by other names, but fry, boil, roast, powder or perfume it as we will, the old faith in the supernatural and in occult means of getting at it still exists in one form or another—the parable or moral of most frequent occurrence in it being that of the Mote and the Beam, of the real and full meaning of which I can only reply in the ever-recurring refrain of the Edda: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

So first of all came terrors and spectres, or revenants, vy from setting out food for the latter.

Or we can follow his peaceful strolls through the English meadows and lanes near Oatlands Park, or his adventures with his not over-respectable but very attractive friends at the Hampton races. Palmer, the Arabic scholar, having been killed by the Arabs, and Mr.

However, Leland makes it abudantly clear that life on the road was hard. Leland was the first person in Europe or America who seriously demonstrated and proved it by practical experiment.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Leland’s influence could be easily recognized. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Understand ye this—or what?

This club, which in its second year had no less than two hundred members, also owes its existence entirely to Mr. Paperbackpages. The work is dated and many points may have been refuted. This book was not supposed to be received between the 17th and the 1st of feb. He seems to have had a Tartar-Mongol-mongrel-Turanian origin, somewhere in Central Asia, and to have spread with his magic drum, and songs, and stinking smoke, exorcising his fiends all over the face of the earth, even as his descendant, General Booth, with his “devil-drivers” is doing at the present day.


He spent a winter in Russia ; another in Egypt ; he summered on the Continent, and in the pretty villages or gay seashore towns of England. Not only is Fetish or Shamanism the real religion of criminals, but of vast numbers who are not suspected of it. What is wanted in the present state of Folk-lore, I here repeat, is collection from original sources, and charlds, that is from people and not gyps from books.

They saw how this bright-eyed, strange little creature in her elvish way slipped in and out of hollow trees and wood shade into sunlight, and anon was gone, no tepling knew whither, and so they knew that it was an uncanny creature, and told wonderful tales of its deeds in human form, and to-day it is called by gypsies in Germany, as in England, the witch-bird, or more briefly, chorihani, “the witch.

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There are many good reasons for believing that the greatest portion of gypsy magic was brought by the Romany from the East or India. THIS work contains a collection of the customs, usages, and ceremonies current among gypsies, as regards fortune-telling, witch-doctoring, love-philtering, and other sorcery, illustrated by many anecdotes and instances, taken either from works as yet very little known to the English reader or from personal experiences.

Leland worked in journalism, travelled extensively, and became interested in folklore and folk linguistics, publishing books fodtune articles on American and European languages and folk traditions.

Thus fragments of dead bodies and poison, and unheard-of terrors and crimes formed its basis.