Charm against Jealousy

Charm against Jealousy

Newly-married women were sometimes “buitched ” (bewitched) by the jealousy of men who had wanted to marry them and had been disappointed. One result of this was a sort of smothering sensation in bed.

To put an end to it, a beeve’s (beef) heart was stuck all over with pins and boiled at midnight with all doors tightly shut. By this means the guilty person was drawn willy-nilly to the house, and could then be dealt with.


(source: A Third Manx Scrapbook by WW Gill (1963); photo http://bit.ly/1esnM1r)

Bernadette Weyde

Bernadette Weyde

I'm a web designer, amateur historian and keen gardener and I enjoy bringing Manx history, folklore and poetry to a modern audience.


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