Amulets or protective rituals of witchcraft
• Wards or protective rituals of witchcraft
Belief in witches as old as time: almost all the world's cultures have a lot of legends about people with magical powers. And, of course, almost every culture has created their amulets or protective rituals that were supposed to protect people from witchcraft intervention.
A parish priest in England XII century argued that caught the devil in his own shoe. Since then, the faithful have begun with great care to deal with witchcraft shoes: old shoes were filled up to the rafters, and even immured in the wall. It was believed that demons can not resist such a temptation, and once in the trap can no longer go out and harm people.
Mummies of cats
Some particularly inspired by the tales of demons, people have tried to resist the magic cats. It was believed that after the family life, the cat could serve as a home and after death. The mummies of cats in huge numbers hidden in the walls of houses, most of all the little corpse was found under the roof of the hotels and inns.
In Europe, people believed that witches can not get through the cold steel of the house. In Scotland, England and Ireland was believed that iron repels evil fairies and ghosts. The ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Aztecs actually believed that iron is a gift from heaven. They are often used in sacred rituals steel.
Charm as arrowheads considered reliable way discourage the bad eye. People have used conventional and precious stones, iron and copper to produce such charms. To ward off a possible witchcraft, it was necessary to squeeze the amulet in his hand.
In old England still preserved cottages, where the chimney insert individual wide stone. Initially it was just a reliable means of rainwater in the house, but over time these chimneys became associated with witches. It was believed that witches were landing on the exposed stone to rest. Not finding a place to relax, they can conjure out of anger dwelling.
According to ancient legend, to the wizard was nothing tempting bright balls of glass. Glass beads were made by hand, and then they hung at the windows to attract witches. Demon dragged inside the ball forever, staying to protect the house.
Very valued stones with natural holes - we know them from childhood as an amulet "Chicken God". In Europe, it was thought that the fall through a hole in our world of spirits and fairies. If you wear such a stone on his chest, it will bring good luck.