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To cure a fever that begins with chills, write the following on a piece of bread and give it to the patient for eight days, one piece each day, and on the ninth day, burn the last piece: Colameris x, Colameri x, Colamer x, Colame x, Colam x, Cola x, Col x, Co x, and C x.  To prevent the huldrefolk from stealing your healthy child and leaving a child with rickets in its plaTo cure a fever that begins with chills, write the following on a piece of bread and give it to the patient for eight days, one piece each day, and on the ninth day, burn the last piece: Colameris x, Colameri x, Colamer x, Colame x, Colam x, Cola x, Col x, Co x, and C x.  To prevent the huldrefolk from stealing your healthy child and leaving a child with rickets in its place, make three dolls from the child’s clothing to put into the cradle. The huldrefolk will take one of them instead of your child. These and many more fascinating folk-healing rituals were secretly administered by healers, “witches,” and religious caregivers who tended the medical and spiritual needs of rural Norwegians for hundreds of years. In Remedies and Rituals, Kathleen Stokker culls from hundreds of original documents and first-hand accounts to detail the ingredients, customs, and histories behind natural remedies, potions, whispered spells, and the infamous “black books” used for centuries by Norway’s folk healers.  Stokker also illuminates the surprising personalities of those who risked imprisonment and persecution to help fellow Norwegians throughout the nineteenth century, as well as the often reluctant healers in the U.S. who continued to treat immigrants living in rural communities beyond the reach of doctors. Dodging harsh criminal laws championed by formally trained doctors, these rebel practitioners drew on ancient written and oral sources to treat everything from burns, broken bones, and whooping cough to difficult labors and emotional stress.  Kathleen Stokker is a professor of Norwegian at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Recipient of Norway’s prestigious St. Olav Medal in 2006, she is the author of Keeping Christmas: Yuletide Traditions in Norway and the New Land (MHS Press)....

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ISBN : 9780873515764
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Number of Pages : 260 Pages
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  • Michael
    2019-03-26 00:38

    Kathleen Stokker is known for her thorough studies of Norwegian culture, and her method of comparing the experience of Norwegians to those of their emigrant relatives in America. This examination of folk medicine, mostly in the 19th century, but also in the early 20th and in ages before, demonstrates the same attention to detail, pattern and texture of folk life that Stokker has demonstrated in her other works. Remedies and Rituals explores the varying medicinal methods used by the almuen, Norways peasant class: herbal remedies, leeching and bloodletting, alcohol concoctions, rituals and magical formulas, and medicine made from other substances. Though the medical knowledge and understanding of these common folk (attributing disease to anything from blood aggravation to the huldre-folk, or fairies) was often poor, Stokker shows that their methods were often effective. Though she acknowledges the dismal state of medicine as practices in these traditional societies, Stokker admirably recognizes the skill, wisdom and experience held by these self-trained people, and rightfully criticizes the doctors who snobbishly denounced and often prosecuted them. As she often points out, at this time these doctors' medical knowledge was only slightly more informed than that of the peasants, and the treatment they had to offer was only slightly more consistent and effective. Ultimately, Remedies vindicates the haphazard though experienced efforts of peasant healers, shedding light on a long-darkened and qualitatively rich aspect of human experience and history. Stokker's writing is clear and straightforward, and a pleasure to read.