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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Once there was an old woman living up on the mountain, who kept to herself mostly. The folks down in town all called her “Red Cap” because of the little crimson hat she wore. Some people visited her when they were sick because everyone around knew she could work the plants and heal any disease.

Well one day some of the leaders in town turned against Red Cap saying she was a witch and cursed their cows to give blood instead of milk. One night, under the shadow of darkness they crept up the mountain and grabbed  the old woman right out of her bed. They took her down into the center of town where they’d built up a big pile of logs and branches. They tied her to a post and set the bonfire ablaze.

As folks screamed out the worst curses they could think of, much to the…

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