The Use of Dust in Magic

The Use of Dust in Magic

A hare, or rather a Witch in the shape of a hare, was crossing a field and stood still to stare at a team of horses employed in ploughing, when, to the horror of the ploughman, they instantly dropped dead on the ground.Fortunately, however, the ploughman retained his presence of mind, and, remembering that what had occurred was doubtless the result of the “Evil Eye,” he collected some of the dust from where the hare had stood and threw it over the horses, who were at once restored to life.


(source: The Folklore of the Isle of Man, AW Moore (1901); artwork)

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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