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Bruton. ——–. 2003. Cunning Folk: Popular Magic in English History. London & New York: Hambledon. De Blécourt, Willem. 1999. ‘The witch, her victim, the unwitcher and the researcher: the continued existence of traditional witchcraft,’ in Willem De Blecourt, Ronald Hutton & Jean La Fontaine (eds), The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: Volume 6, The Twentieth Century. London: The Athlone Press, pp. 141–219. Elias, Norbert. 1978. The Civilizing Process. Volume 1, The History of Manners.

He had sacrificed himself to the cemetery. Before he went off to war he had dug up a consecrated corpse from the cemetery. He took off its shirt and wore it when going off to battle. Then the bullets didn’t penetrate him . . (Länsi-Teisko. 1938. H. Färm KT 44:18) 10 Topics and Issues in Charms Studies Another man, born in 1842 in Eastern Finland, reported having heard from his grandfather, who was a famous tietäjä, how to make oneself hard before leaving for war. According to the grandfather, When leaving for war, one takes a shirt from a buried corpse and exchanges it for one’s own, a corpse which has died honorably and has been buried, and is older than the person exchanging shirts.

323. 13. Quoted in Newell, 29–30. 14. Newell, 23. 15. Opie and Tatem, p. 324. 16. Cited by Newell, 26. 17. Newell, 26–7; Simpson and Roud, p. 290. 18. Sisam (1955), p. 258. 19. van Haver, Jozef, Nederlandse Incantatieliteratuur: Een Gecommentarieerd Compendium van Nederlandse Bezweringsformules (Ghent: Secretariaat van de Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie Voor Taal- en Letterkunde, 1964). 20. Margaret Baker, Folklore and Customs of Rural England, (Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1974), pp. 54–7. 21.

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