Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling: Incantations, Specimens of Medical Magic, Anecdotes, Tales

Oct 24, 2013 by

gypsyGypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling: Incantations, Specimens of Medical Magic, Anecdotes, Tales by Charles Godfrey Leland is a true find for those who are interested in the Rom or Romany culture. Gypsies are a nomadic culture originating originally in India during the Middle Ages. Over the centuries they migrated around the world but particularly to Europe. As most people know they made a living as entertainers, fortune tellers, and grifters. Persecuted by the Nazis, and discriminated against to this day, the Rom have a long tradition of magic and shamanism. As Leland points out, these practices have parallels with those of other traditional pagan cultures around the world.

This book discusses spells, incantations and talismans used within Rom culture, as well as the more practical magic they use in their interaction with the Gorgios–the non-Gypsies. It is this latter topic which provides some of the most interesting and instructional reading. Leland gives some generalized methods of fortune-telling which any prospective psychic would do well to study; as well as the details of the ‘Great Secret’, a magic trick in which all of your money disappears…

This is a reproduction from an actual original copy of the book published in 1889.  Nothing is missing. Enjoy!

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