Voodoo dolls Voodoo dolls (or kolossoi as the Greeks called them) were also quite popular in the Greco-Roman world. C.A. Faraone, in his survey of all known voodoo dolls, set specific criteria - the dolls must meet at least 2 of the following criteria to be included: (1) the doll's arms or legs are twisted behind its back as if bound (2) the doll is transfixed with nails … [Read more...]
Voodoo Dolls are often associated with New Orleans Voodoo/Hoodoo traditions. They are humanoid dolls used to invoke blessings or curses upon an individual. Read articles about voodoo dolls below.
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...]
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...]