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June 16, 2009

Old Folks Tales

Old Folktales have always been a part of all cultures. Where ever
there's been human life, there's always been a tale to tell.
As a child growing up in the back woods of Virginia I recall
hearing my relatives speak of spell casting, root doctors, palm
reading, black cats and such,but I was too busy playing doctor
under the front porch to take it all in. Speaking of cats! Have you
heard the old tale that if a black cat crosses your path you will
have bad luck? Or if you walk in another persons foot-prints you
will develop a head ache? How about the most well known one; If
you break a mirror you will have seven years bad luck? Some
may view this form of thinking as none sense. But is it? What
some people considers to be none-sense is very real to others. The
belief in things such as witchcraft,black magic,vampires,voodoo
and the like,has been around for centuries. And will be-as long as
mankind walks the earth. Some older people believes that if a
pregnant woman is frighten by an animal before her child is born,
the child will be born resembling the animal that frightened her;
they call it "marking". My father,being of African and Indian
heritage, has told me some very strange tales of people he met
while growing up on the old plantations of Virginia. My favorite
being of a man called Buck Jackson;a tall slim narrow faced black
man. As my father tells it, Buck was a great harmonica player
and had other talents as well. The story goes like this. Every
Sunday people would gather at the old church and looked
forward to hearing Buck play the harmonica. Buck would start
playing the harmonica,remove it from his mouth,lay it on the
hood of his old car, and the harmonica would continue to play,
while Buck clapped his hands and said,"play it boy!" It was also
said that whenever Buck was locked up by the local police he had
to be closely watched,for Buck appeared to be a black Houdini,
(an escape artist). Buck also had a strange appetite for things like
burning cigarettes,coins,and glass lamp chimneys. The glass
chimneys must have been a delicacy for Buck. Because It was said
he would bite the chimney off piece by piece until it was all
consumed. After which,Buck would give his chest a hard pound
and the glass would come flying from his mouth.

When it comes to old tales such as this-did it happen?Maybe it
did; maybe it didn't. But one thing's for Certain! There are many
different people in this world, that are capable of many different
things;God planned it that way. Lets not forget that the bible's
full of people that performed many great deeds called miracles;but
were they miracles,or just perceived to be so?
There was a time in history when people were hanged or burned
at the stake for performing certain deeds; as in the Salem witch
trials. And what about the deeds of Christ? Many thought him to
be a demon or sorcerer,for which, contributed to his crucifixion.
The fear of such people still exists in our so called modern day
world. Many people are still strong believers in spell casting and
have their ways to prevent it. One way is to rube a string in
sulfur,tie a certain number of knots in the string and wear it
around the waist for a certain number of days and no one can cast
a spell upon you. A spell can be broken by the same means. I
heard this from an old Afro American man, and I promised not to
print all the details concerning this. Folk tales such as this has
been told through many generations and cultures. How much
truth there is in them is hard to say,but my belief is that there is
some truth in all old tales.

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ozzieblackcat said...

Good article. This would be great to post around Halloween too. We have a black cat, ozzie. He lives in the house. When anything goes wrong, I guess we could just say a black cat walked in front of us. ha!