Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Horses

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Horse or mule jawbone to cure toothache – “Another way to cure toothache is to find the skeleton of a horse or mule. Be sure that nobody is watching you. Pick up the jawbone with your teeth and walk backward nine steps, being careful not to touch the thing with your hands, and then let it fall to the ground. This done, walk away without looking back, and do not mention the matter to anybody. If the pain doesn’t stop within thirty minutes or so, it means that somebody did see you with the mule’s jaw in your mouth. In that case, the only thing you can do is to hunt up another skeleton and go through the whole business again.” ~Randolph OMF 143

“One way to cure a toothache is to touch a skeleton of a mule.” ~Parler FBA III 3461

Horsehair sieve as protection from witchcraft – Some…

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