The fat of roasted dead babies also made a good Piguendo Pagini, according to Grillandus in his Tractatus de Sortilegiis (1536), and diseases so produced were incurable and could cause death. Witches were assumed to rifle graves for bodies, especially those of children and executed criminals, to use as ingredients in magic potions, powders, and killing ointments.
Crazy Sister Marie de Sains, having heard about Father Gaufridi when visiting Aix-en-Provence, returned to her convent at Lille, her head filled with witchcraft. She told how Gaufridi had made a concoction to cause demoniacal possession, from “sacred hosts and consecrated wine, with powdered goat, human bones, skulls of children, hair, nails, flesh, and wizards semen, with bits of goose, female rat, and brains.”
(Jean Lenormant de Chiremont, Exorcismes de trois Filles possedees, 1623)
In England, at Chelmsford in 1616, one of the indictments against Susan Barker was that she
Feloniously did take up a skull out of a certain grave in the burying ground of the parish church of Upminster aforesaid, being part of the body of a certain deceased man lately buried there, with intent to use the said skull in certain evil and devilish arts, namely, witchcrafts, charms, and sorceries, with intent to bewitch and enchant a certain Mary stevens.
Other formulas for deadly ointments were recorded by Weyer, the skeptic physician of the Duke of Cleves:
Hemlock, juice of aconite, poplar leaves, soot.
Water hemlock, sweet flag, cinquefoil, bats blood, belladonna , soot.
Baby’s fat, juice of water hemlock, aconite, cinquefoil, belladonna, soot.
The trials before the Chambre ardente revealed widespread use of poisons, coupled with black magic. The salves had an arsenic base, which in acid form was tasteless and indetectable in the corpse. In addition, the professional poisoners used red and yellow Sulphur, vitriol, all mixed with horrific ingredients such as the blood of bats and toads, various toxic or aphrodisiac plants, semen, and menstrual blood.
Witches’ killing ointments served to explain outbreaks of the plague. The Calvinists at Geneva in the middle of the 16th century could explain the spread of infection only by witchcraft; thus in 1545 a man confessed to smearing the foot of hanged man with a magic ointment and rubbing the bolts of doors with it. In this was the disease spread. A conspiracy was detected. More severe punishments were ordered: condemned men were to have the flesh torn from their bodies by pincers, and condemned women their right hands cut off before burning. Especially were poor people with unsavoury reputations to be tortured to find out if they spread the pestilence; those who would not confess were to be walled up and left to die. Although 31 persons were executed as witches within 3 months (1545), Calvin complained: “Notwithstanding, the conspirators do not cease to smear the locks of doors with their ointments. Behold the perils that beset us.” (Trevor davies, Four Centuries of Witch Beliefs, 1947)
[UNGUENT] For example, some scholars cite recipes for hallucinogenic ointments that are supposed to have given witches the sensation of flying through the air. These recipes can be traced back no further than Johannes Weyer, a sixteenth century physician whose intent was to explain witch beliefs away in rationalist terms. Furthermore, according to both court records and demonological literature, at least from the period 1300-1500, the witches’ supposed ointment was usually applied not to their bodies but to the sticks or other implements on which they rode. The amount that would rub into their bodies would thus be minimal. Still, even if one dismissed many of the details of the Sabbath as imaginative embellishments, it is conceivable that anti-authoritarian, devil-worshipping assemblies may have taken place. Their occurrence is not demonstrable, but it is conceivable.
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. II
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The Untold History of The White Races cir. 700 – 1700 a.d.
666 pages 197 pages
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Kicked Out Of Heaven Vol. II: The Untold History of The White Races cir. 700-1700 a.d. is a 3 volume series that will be released one by one. This book details everything about European society and mentality. In this edition you will find these facts: Alcoholism & The Blue Devils, Insanity & Lead Poisoning, Ergot (LSD) Hallucinations, The Sweating Sickness & Leprosy, The Tobacco Enema & Leeches, The Defloration Mania, The Dancing Mania, The Black Death, The Gravediggers & Body Snatchers, Jews Poisoning the Wells, Millions of Deaths, Folklore & Superstition, Magic Mirrors & Crystal Balls, Witches Dancing in Baby Blood, Pants Made of Human Skin, Necromancy & Ghost Armies, Attacks from The Undead, Lycanthropy & Were-Wolves, Multiple Cases of Vampires, Who is Satan, Lucifer & The Devil!
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