[NB] Stick to Your Witchy Guns

This is just a neat bit of folklore that I wanted to share:

“In Knott County, Kentucky, said to have been settled by emigrants from Virginia and North Carolina, a woman may become a witch by taking a handkerchief and a gun, ascending the highest neighboring mountain before sunrise, and proceeding as follows: ‘Just as the fiery ball appears above the eastern horizon, with uttered imprecations against Deity and prayers to the Devil, she is to shoot a bullet through the handkerchief as she holds it up toward the rising sun. If blood flows from the torn cloth, she is an accepted member of the witches’ crew.'”—Tom Pete Cross, “Witchcraft in North Carolina” in Studies in Philology 16:3, 1919 (232)

Since the ‘bleeding handkerchief’ is almost surely the the red light of the rising sun it seems appropriate enough to share after discussing Zehar-Absalom and the rising sun. The connection between gunpowder, the rising sun, and mountains has some interesting parallels with Kongo conceptions, though I am assuming it unlikely that they are historically related to each other. That there might be spiritual sympathies, though?

Anyway, mostly this is just a look-at-this-cool-thing post.

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