Witchcraft and folk-magical practice has a long and rich history of the use of both human and animal parts within its rites and operative arts. Here we shall explore some of the materials and artifacts employed, as well as the symbolism and traditions surrounding them.
Drawing largely upon examples from Cecil Williamson’s fascinating collection in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Cornwall, UK, practices explored will include
The use of such materials within today’s witchcraft is often a controversial issue, and yet they are among our oldest traditions, and, as Cecil Williamson once said; ‘The witch of gallows hill would soon demonstrate to you how you can, from such things, learn to acquire a moral strength - develop a state of fearlessness and thereby gain a great peace of mind. All of which can be won simply by accepting and learning to live with the living dead.’