If you've read any of the other postings about voodoo dolls or curse tablets, you may be wondering, did it 'work'? The most common explanation is that yes, it did 'work,' but it worked through shared belief - the spell caster believed the spell would work on the victim, while the victim feared that the spell would come true. As the victim became more paranoid, he/she … [Read more...]
Curse tablets are types of written curses usually etched onto stone or scratched onto lead sheets that would ask divine entities to cause harm to others. Read articles about curse tablets below.
Description of a Curse Tablet In the Greco-Roman world, we find a number of curse tablets and voodoo dolls. D.R. Jordan describes the curse tablets in his archaeological survey as follows: Defixiones, more commonly known as curse tablets, are inscribed pieces of lead, usually in the form of small, thin sheets, intended to influence, by supernatural means, the actions or … [Read more...]
With Voodoo Dolls or Curse Tablets abound, how did one go about protecting themselves if they suspected someone placed a curse on them? One of the most popular ways was to wear a protective amulet, potentially inscribed with the Ephesia grammata. These amulets consisted of a roll of inscribed papyrus or gold or lamella (foil sheet) that was worn around the neck. This … [Read more...]