|Charms for luck or control.|
|The vintage Kitchen Witch|
|A vintage voodoo doll with a pin.|
I eat my peas with honey.
I've done it all my life.
It makes the peas taste funny,
but it keeps them on my knife!
That was meant to amuse, however, than to bring any sort of fortune to us. Speaking of food, we always eat our lucky foods each New Years' Day: sauerkraut and black-eyed peas. So, maybe we are rather superstitious as a culture!
Some rituals, unknown to us, contribute to our health. My mother and her mother before her, and as far as I know all the women of our family, have always taken very hot baths. Every other night at least I take my bath with Epsom salts added. My husband will ask, "Going to boil yourself?" when I head off to my bath. There is a reason for this tradition, it appears. In Scandinavia, and in Iceland in particular, people traditionally bathe in the natural hot springs for their health. As it turns out, these provide a host of trace minerals not easily obtained through the diet. Epsom salts deliver magnesium, a mineral most people lack in adequate amounts, through the epidermis. Magnesium is much better absorbed in this manner than through digestion. My theory is the heat somehow contributes to this process and that is the reason we ritualize our hot baths. My ancestors and I just re-created the practice here in our regular American bathtubs.
You can find these ritual dolls, though not the chicken bone, in my store: http://stores.ebay.com/atelier-mandaline.
|A lot of vintage souvenir and voodoo dolls|