Witchcraft Second Sight in the Highlands Islands of Scotland: Tales and Traditions Collected (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Witchcraft Second Sight in the Highlands Islands of Scotland: Tales and Traditions Collected A common answer to the question, What could witches do? Is What could they not do? The classes of actions, however, ascribed to them are not numerous. They could take the milk from their neighbours’ cattle, bring fish to their

Excerpt from Witchcraft Second Sight in the Highlands Islands of Scotland: Tales and Traditions Collected
A common answer to the question, What could witches do? Is What could they not do? The classes of actions, however, ascribed to them are not numerous. They could take the milk from their neighbours’ cattle, bring fish to their own coasts, make fishermen success ful, go to sea for fish themselves and, bring home creelfuls, raise storms, sink ships, drown those who offended them; give strings to sailors with.knots on them, the Unloosening of which raised the wind; they could go to wine-cellars.in London or Ireland, and drink wine till morning; y through the air with magic quickness, and cross the seas in the most un likely vessels, sieves, eggshells, or dry cowsherds; produce awasting disease in an enemy, ‘ waylay and endanger the belated traveller, and by their cursed tricks keep a child in its mother’s womb past its proper time; suck cows, and assume various shapes. They, could benefit, or at least ward away, evil from a favourite, but their power of doing, 50 seems to have been much ‘feebler than their powers of mischief.
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