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Subject: [FOLKLORE] Warts The superstitions and folklore
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 22:08:20 EDT


Warts
The superstitions and folklore
you need to make life magnificent...
or miserable.

A black linen thread tied about a wart is a good remedy.

A bullfrog wetting on you will give you warts

A grain of corn rubbed over a wart until blood is drawn, and then fed
to a chicken, will drive off a wart.

A healer may drive away a wart by rubbing it three times with his finger.

A man may drive away his wart by rubbing it thrice over a female corpse.

A piece of bacon rubbed about a wart on the decrease of the moon will remove
it,
it you bury the bacon.

A wart can be cured by rubbing it with nine grains of corn, which must
then be buried.

A wart can be removed, if you rub it with a rotten apple and then bury the
latter.

A wart can be removed by rubbing it with an onion and throwing the onion away
without watching to see where it falls.

A wart can be taken off, if you rub it over a dead person's face.

A wart can be taken away inside of a few days, if you pierce its threads
several
times with a needle.

A wart can be taken off by tying a silk thread around it until the blood
stops.

A wart may be cured by rubbing it with a bean and then throwing the bean over
your left shoulder.

A wart may be cured by sticking it with a pin and driving the pin into
an old stump.

A wart may be lost by rubbing it with a piece of newly cut grapevine, then
burying the stump.

A wart may be removed if you bury a dead cat in a graveyard at night.

A wart on the chin indicates a mean disposition.

A wart on the chin/ Is a devil within.

A wart on the nose may be driven away by rubbing it with a bean and then
placing the bean where water can drip on it: As the bean sprouts the
wart will come off.

A wart will come off, if rubbed three times with a strip taken from your dish
rag.

A wart will come off within twenty-four hours, if rubbed with milkweed juice.

A wart will disappear, if you rub it with a grain of corn and then pitch the
corn over your head without looking back.

A wart will fall off, if you rub it with a potato twice a day for two weeks.

A wart will leave, if you rub it on a corpse.

A woman can cure her wart, if she rubs it three times on the corpse of a male.

A woman can put her finger in her mouth and then on a wart and in two weeks
they could be gone.

A woman's monthly fluid will take off a wart.

After drawing blood from a wart by scratching it with a a needle, burn up the
needle and the wart will be cured.

After rubbing your wart with green beans, put them beneath the front doorstep
where they can decay and you will no longer have the wart.

Anoint a wart with castor oil twice a day to cure it.

Anoint your wart three times with the milk from a "hedge ball" (osage
orange),
then bury the latter and when it rots, the wart will leave.

As a cure, rub your wart with a white bean and then toss the bean over
your left shoulder without turning around to see where it went.

As a wart cure, sell the wart and keep the money.

As a wart cure, write a wish on a piece of paper and carry it to a crossroad,
where you must tear up the paper and scatter it to the four winds.

Bake an onion in ashes and rub some of its juice over a wart for a cure.

Bind a rubber band around your wart and the wart will disappear within three
days.

Boil potatoes and wash your hands in the water to cure a wart.

Break a small limb off a peach tree and cut in it as many notches as you
have warts, then bury the limb where water drips and after it has decayed,
the warts will vanish.

Carry a dead cat a night while passing through a cemetery to a crossroad,
where you should rub your warts with the dead cat and they will be gone by
morning.

Carve three notches in the limb of a peach tree and you will lose your warts
when these three notches have grown together.

Count the stars by pointing at them with a finger and you will have a wart on
that finger.

Cover your wart with cinnamon to get rid of it.

Cure a wart by rubbing it with with a piece of bacon, bury the bacon and when
it decays the wart will be gone.

Cure a wart by rubbing it with a pebble and throwing the latter over your
left shoulder.

Cure a wart by taking a dead cat to the cemetery.

Cure a wart by tying a hair from a horse's tail about it and burying the hair.

Cut a potato in half, rub both halves over your wart, bury them and if they
sprout the wart will grow; if the potato rots your wart will leave.

Cut a small corner off a dish rag and rub it on your wart; then place this
piece of dig rag under a stone to rot, and the wart will go away.

Cut an eye from a potato and rub it over your wart, then bury it and your wart
will go.

Cut in a peach tree a notch for each wart and if you never look at the tree
again your warts will be gone when the notches have grown together.

Cut off the end of a green bean and rub it over your wart, place the been
under
the front door and the wart will soon be lost.

Divide an onion in two halves and rub one of them over your wart; then throw
this half away and as it dries up the wart will dry up.

Draw blood from a wart by tying it tightly with a string, then conceal the
string
beneath a rock and the wart will disappear.

Draw one chalk mark around a wart and make another chalk mark on the stove;
when the chalk goes off the stove, you will no longer have the wart.

Drink a tablespoonful of limewater after each meal to make a wart disappear.

Drive a wart away by rubbing it very rapidly with a wedding ring for three
consecutive mornings.

Drive away a wart by applying castor oil nightly for seven nights.

Drive away a wart by rubbing it with seven grains of corn and giving the
corn to your neighbor's chickens.

Drive away a wart by anointing it with lemon juice.

During the full moon rub a wart with your mother's dish rag and the wart will
disappear if the dish rag is buried at midnight in the center of a crossroad.

For a wart cure, twist a chicken gizzard three times above your head and then
throw the gizzard away as you depart without looking back.

For each of your warts cut a notch in a stick and lay it near the house so
that
water can drip on it and the warts will disappear after the first rain.

For three mornings in succession, lick a wart with your tongue before eating
or
drinking, and the wart will disappear.

Fry poke roots in lard and place them while hot on your wart on four
occasions
and your wart will come off.

Get a piece of dirt right off the bottom of a horse's foot and rub it over
your wart; then throw the dirt over your shoulder, and when the first rain
comes
and melts the dirt, your wart will go away.

Get rid of your warts by making as many notches in a match as you have warts
and then burying the match.

Get rid of your wart by letting someone buy it for a pin.

Halve an apple and rub each piece on a wart; then put the apple together and
bury it because as the apple rots the warts will disappear.

Hang in a tree the piece of bacon that you have rubbed over your wart, and
after
birds have eaten the bacon, the wart will go off.

Having rubbed your wart with leaves from a peach tree, bury them; and when
they decay, the wart will be gone.

Having tied a string around a wart and rubbed the wart with fat, bury both
string and fat; and when they decay, the wart will come off.

Heat a pin by hold it over a lighted candle, then stick the pin into your
wart,
and the wart will go away within seven days.

Hold a frog in your hand and you will acquire a wart.

If a healer reveals his secret for removing warts, the power will disappear.

If a stolen dish rag is rubbed over a wart and then buried, the wart will
come off as soon as the dish rag decays.

If a string from a dish rag is tied around a wart and then buried beneath a
rock,
the wart will vanish after the string has decayed.

If a string is tied around your wart, and then buried; the wart will
disappear
when the string becomes rotten.

If you put backing soda on a wart and then a drop of vinegar on the baking
soda,
it will take off the wart.

If your wart is rubbed with a green bean during the decrease of the moon, the
wart will vanish with the old moon.

It is a sign of wealth to have a wart on the body.

It is possible for a man to remove a woman's warts, but a woman is unable
to cure a man's warts.

Jimson weeds rubbed over a wart will cure it.

Just as the full moon begins to decrease, rub your hand on a corpse and then
pass the hand over your wart to make the wart disappear.

Just before the funereal procession starts from the house, rub your wart on
the
face of the corpse and after the body decomposes, a cure will follow.

Kill a chicken and rub the wart while the chicken's head is warm and the wart
will go away.

Kill a rooster and immediately rub its head on your wart; then bury the head
and when it decays, the wart will leave.

Kill a toad and your hands will be covered with warts.

Let a match burn and then rub the charred wood over your wart to remove it.

Let a toad wet on your wart to cure it.

Let someone buy your wart for a penny, and whoever makes the purchase
will get the wart.

Let someone cut an onion in half, rub one of these pieces on your wart, fit
the
two halves together and bury them; which will cure the wart.

Licking a wart with your tongue, as soon as you arise in the morning,
will remove it.

Make a knot in a string for every wart you have and then rub these knots
on the warts before you bury the string beneath the eaves where it can rot so
the warts will depart.

Make a wart bleed by running a needle into it, then wrap the needle in paper
and drop it at a crossroad to drive the wart away.

Make a wart bleed by sticking it with a pin, throw the pin as far as you can
in
front of you; then turn around and walk in the opposite direction to
take away your wart.

Make a wart go away by rubbing it with six grains of corn and feeding the
corn
to a speckled hen.

Make a wart leave by rubbing it with a gold ring.

Make a wart vanish by picking it with a grain of corn and then letting a red
rooster eat the corn.

Mark your wart with a piece of chalk; and when the latter is lost, you will
lose the wart.

Paint a wart three or four times with poke roots and it will go away.

Pare your finger-nails to the quick and rub some of these parings over your
wart because when your finger-nails grow out again the wart will be cured.

People who possess the power to remove warts are sometimes known as "wart
doctors."

Pick up a stone at midnight and rub it on your wart; then restore the stone
exactly as you found it, and the wart will be cured.

Pick a wart until it bleeds and place the blood in an envelope, then drop the
envelope on the road and the one who finds it will take your warts.

Pick a wart until it bleeds and then wash it in a puddle of rain water
because
when the puddle dries up the wart will vanish.

Pick a wart with a grain of corn until blood comes and throw the grain over
your left shoulder so that whoever picks up the corn will have your wart.

Pick a wart with a needle, and having made a knot in a string, rub the knot in
the blood, throw the knot away and the wart will be lost.

Pick up a bone that has been lying on the ground and rub the underside of it
over your wart; then throw the bone away and your wart will eventually come
off.

Picking your wart with a grain of corn until you draw blood, and then letting
someone bury the corn where you cannot find it, will remove the wart.

Pierce a wart with a needle until it bleeds, and then stick the needle into
the
ground near your front doorstep where it can rust and take the wart away.

Place a chalk mark on a stove and after the mark has disappeared, your wart
will go away.

Pluck a bean leaf and let someone rub it over your wart, then have the same
person bury the leaf secretly; and when it rots, the wart will be gone.

Put as many beans in a paper sack as you have warts and place the sack at the
intersection of two street, because the person who picks up the sack
will take your warts.

Put as many knots in a string as you have warts and bury the string because
when it decays the warts will go away.

Remove a wart by anointing it with the milk from an osage orange.

Remove a wart by rubbing it with a stolen dish rag and burying the latter
under
a stone.

Remove a wart by stroking it with the hand of a corpse.

Rib slices of an apple over a wart, then bury them; and when the slices rot,
the
wart will go away.

Rid yourself of a wart by anointing it with the juice from several bean
leaves.

Rid yourself of a wart by rubbing it with a stolen dish rag and throwing away
the dish rag.

Rid yourself of a wart by rubbing it with potato peelings and throwing them
over
your left shoulder.

Rub a grain of corn on your wart and then drop the former into a well; the
wart
will be removed when the corn rots.

Rub a green walnut over your wart, bury the walnut and if it rots your
wart will disappear.

Rub a potato over your warts and bury it so it will not grow, to make your
warts go away.

Rub a wart thrice with three broom straws and then bury them where water
drips; when they rot the wart will be gone.

Rub a wart with a section of a shroud and after the shroud is buried your
wart will go away.

Rub a wart with an onion and bury the onion and when when the onion rots,
the wart will go away.

Rub a wild turnip over your wart for three mornings and on the third morning
the wart will be cured.

Rub jimson weed leaves on your wart and then bury them as they will rot and
your wart will disappear.

Rub on your wart a piece of the frog from the hoof of a horse; then put this
piece of frog under a doorstep and the wart will leave.

Rub three peach leaves over your wart and lay them on the ground three times
and the person who walks over the leaves will get your wart.

Rub your wart with a piece of raw beef, then bury the latter; and when the
meat rots, the wart will disappear.

Rub your wart with an old dish rag; then bury the dish rag secretly and when
it decays, you will no longer have the wart.

Rub your warts with a piece of pork meat and give the meat to the dogs and
you
will lose your warts.

Run a needle into a wart until blood comes and the wart will disappear if it
is
then washed in a puddle of snow water.

Rush up and seize unexpectedly the person who has a wart and spit on it to d
rive the wart away.

Scarify a wart until you draw blood and then place two broom straws in the
shape of a cross over it; bury the broom straws and after they decay
the wart will be cured.

Scratch a wart until it bleeds and smear some of the blood on a bean leaf
which you must then secretly bury and when it decays the wart will be gone
in three days.

Scratch your wart until it bleeds and put some of the blood on a piece of
bread;
then feed the latter to the chickens and the wart will disappear.

Sell a pin to someone for money and your wart will disappear.

Sell your wart for a penny and put the money away so that you cannot use it,
and the wart will go away.

Seven grains of corn rubbed on your wart, then buried and covered with a
stone
so they will not sprout, will take off the wart as soon as they have decayed.

Slice a potato and rub the pieces over your wart, then bury the slices and
when
they have shriveled up, your wart will depart.

Slice bacon into small bits, tie them in paper and rub your wart with this
package before you throw it away; and whoever picks it up will get your wart.

Smear a few drops of blood from your wart on a piece of paper; then go to a
crossroad and throw the paper over your left shoulder because whoever
picks up the blood will take your wart.

Some people can heal warts by counting them off.

Spit on a bean and throw it away to take off a wart.

Spit on your finger and spread this saliva over your wart for nine mornings
and
the wart will come off.

Split a lima bean in half and rub it over your wart, then toss the bean into
a
well and the wart will vanish.

Spread a spider web over your wart, then burn the web, and the wart will
vanish.

Sprinkle dirt from a newly dug grave over your wart and it will leave.

Stand with your back to a well and tie a string around the wart, then throw
the string over your shoulder into the well and you will soon lose the wart.

Steal a bean leaf when no one is watching and rub it over your wart, then
bury
the leaf and when it decays the wart will depart: If anyone sees you
take the leaf this charm will not work.

Steal a dish rag and rub it over your warts, and then throw the dish rag over
the eaves of the house.

Steal an old dish rag and rub it over your wart and if you bury it under the
eaves, when the dish rag becomes rotten the wart will be gone.

Stick a wart and put some of the blood on a grain of corn and cast it away;
as the corn decays the wart will leave.

Sticking your wart until it bleeds and then rubbing it with the inside
of a chicken gizzard lining will drive away the wart.

Stroke a wart thrice with your hand, then rub your hand three times over a
stump and the wart will leave.

Take a grain of corn for each wart, count the grains and warts, and then
bury the corn; because after the latter has decayed, the warts will be cured.

Take a hickory stick off a tree, cut a notch for on it for each of your
warts,
bury the stick and when it rots your warts will go away.

Take a wart away by rubbing it over a corpse three times.

Take off a wart by rubbing it with the milk from a milkweed.

The intestines of a black chicken rubbed over your wart and then buried will
take off the wart.

The person who has a wart will be lucky.

The seventh son of the seventh son is able to cure warts.

Thrust a pin into a wart and cover several grains of corn with the blood,
then feed the corn to an old rooster and he will catch your warts.

Tie a black string around your wart, letting it remain for three days;
then remove the string and wrap it around a cherry tree, leaving it for three
days; which will kill the cherry tree but you will lose the wart.

Tie a horsehair around a wart and every morning for nine days pull the knot
tighter and on the ninth morning the wart will be gone.

Tie a piece of bacon over a wart and let it remain for one night, then bury
the
bacon on the east side of the house and the wart will wear off.

Tie a string around a wart and let it stay there for fifteen minutes, then
put the
string in a coffin containing a corpse and when the body rots, the wart will
disappear.

Tie a string full of knots and rub the knots over the wart, then bury the
string
under a board and the warts will leave.

Tie a thread about a wart, put the thread where water will run on it and when
the thread rots and wart will be removed.

Tie a wart with a string and then tie the string to a rafter in the loft of a
barn to rot and take the wart away.

Tie a wheat straw around your wart and leave it on for three days,
then throw the straw away and the wart will depart.

Tie a woolen string around your wart and let it stay there all night
and on the next morning bury the string because when it rots you will no
longer have the wart.

Tie several strands from your combings around a wart and bury the hair used:
After the hair has decayed, the wart will disappear.

To cure a wart, mash ants on it.

To cure a wart, rub it with a stolen dish rag and then drop the dish rag at
the forks of a road.

To cure a wart, take one of the candles standing by a coffin and rub it
over the corpse.

To cure a wart, wash it with water and throw the water over your shoulder.

To cure warts, carve notches on a stick to represent them; then dip the stick
into vinegar and rub it over the warts.

To drive a wart away, rub it with a bean and cast the bean over your
shoulder
without looking back.

To drive away a wart, a dead black cat should be buried at midnight by
the grave of someone who was wicked in life.

To drive away a wart, take a stone from a spring and rub it over your wart
and replace the stone in its original position.

To get rid of a wart, rub it with a bean and cast the latter into a well.

To get rid of a wart, rub it with a grain of corn and then toss the grain
over your left shoulder; as soon as a chicken eats the corn, the wart will be
gone.

To get rid of a wart, rub it with a green pea and then drop the latter into a
cistern and as soon as you hear the pea hit the water, walk away
without looking back.

To lose a wart, kill a frog and while the legs are still twitching,
cut off one of them and rub it over the wart then throw away the leg.

To lose a wart, rub it with a bean and then secretly bury the latter
because when the bean sprouts, you will be rid of the wart.

To lose a wart, rub it with a pebble; then cross running waster and throw the
pebble back over your left shoulder into the water.

To make a wart disappear, rub it with a dead chicken foot.

To make a wart go away, quarter a potato and rub each piece over your wart,
tie the potato together and bury it.

To make a wart leave, rub it with grass that grows during the spring among
the bricks of a sidewalk.

To make warts leave, rub each of them with a white bean, then conceal these
beans in a hillside and walk away without looking back.

To remove a wart, rub it with a piece of bacon, hide the bacon under a rock
and
when the former becomes rotten, the wart will leave.

To remove a wart, rub a fresh dandelion stem over it each morning for three
days.

To remove a wart; on three Fridays in succession and thrice during the day
make a cross over the wart.

To remove a wart, rub it with pebbles; then put the pebbles in a sack and
throw them over your shoulder.

To remove a wart, pick it with a splinter until it bleeds, and then throw
away the splinter.

To remove a wart, rub it with the blossoms of a walnut tree.

To take off a wart, run a pin through it and then heat the pin by placing it
against the flame of a match.

To wish away a wart, count ninety-nine white horses and then one white mule
at which time make a wish that he will take the wart away.

Two days after a full moon rub a wart with a piece of bacon, bury the bacon
where water can drip on it and your wart will disappear.

Unless you spit as soon as you see a toad, a wart will appear on your hand.

Upon finding a bone, rub it on your wart and then cast it over your shoulder,
but do not look back and your wart will leave.

Use a new needle to stick into your wart, then take nine matches, one at a
time
and light them, and hold each match to the eye of the needle and when
the you get to the ninth match you can lift that wart right out.

Walk up to a milkweed, break off a piece of the plant and rub the juice on
your wart; then throw the piece of milkweed over your left shoulder without
looking back, and the wart will soon leave.

Warts will leave, if someone counts them off without your knowledge.

Wash a wart in stump water to remove it.

Wet a piece of twist tobacco and apply it to your wart for two nights and the
wart will leave.

When someone dies, go to the graveyard at midnight and call the devil who
will
come and take away your wart.

When you see a bone, pick it up and rub it over your wart; then restore the
bone
to its original position and the wart will soon vanish.

Wrap a wet cloth around a sword, wash your wart with the cloth, bury the
cloth
and when it decays, the wart will go away.

You can cure your wart by putting tobacco juice on it.

You can drive a wart away by wetting it three times daily with saliva.

You can drive away a wart by rubbing it with a bean and then dropping the
bean into a water-closet.

You can lose your wart by covering it with cow manure.

You can make a wart go away by anointing it with castor oil for three
mornings
and evenings.

You may take off a wart by wishing it on a friend.

You must walk backward while carrying a dish rag to a stump, then dip into
water in the stump, wash your wart with the dish rag and return home
(backwards).

You will get warts, if you touch a toad.

Your warts may be removed by letting someone count them off, but whoever
does the counting will get the warts.

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