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So early modern people were an interesting bunch, generally having a love-hate relationship with magic. Most magic came from the devil, but there were plenty of folk rituals and spells that were basically ok because they were supposed to repel evil spirits and were done by Good God-Fearing Christians. The clergy often weren’t too keen on this, but those types of beliefs are hard to stamp out: hence why the only person in Salem who was proven to have intentionally made a magic spell was forgiven, because she was just trying to help find the real witch.

There were a few different ways to keep witches and spirits out of your house based on these folk beliefs: you could place in your walls a sacrifice (usually an animal), or a piece of personal clothing or a “witch bottle” containing your essence (read: urine) to capture the spirit, or you could carve certain symbols near entrances that would repel them. 

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Source: Tales of Necromancy

by cnkguy
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