The Lands of Witches, Warlocks, Spells and Sorcerers

As some of you might have surmised by now, I do carry an interest in the supernatural. I do think that there are benevolent and malevolent forces as work in this Uni-Verse, which exist alongside with us but we cannot quantify them yet (i.e see, touch, hear), only because the mathematics and physics for recording such entities is not quite there yet. Maybe in time we’ll get there. If we ever do, I’m willing to bet that it’ll be the Russians who do it first. They’re quite open-minded about scientifically researching these sorts of things.

Good vs. Evil, Ying & Yang

For whatever reason, there seems to be “centers” of such activity where people still practice the forbidden and black arts. I’ve never had a run-in with such persons nor do I wish to, but I have heard of stories among some of my friends. Stories of brides from these regions who marry into wealthy families in distant cities, never gets along with anyone in the new family, and one by one, people in the groom’s family mysteriously and suddenly die off and the bride is finally left with the house and all the money and then returns back to her people after the husband finally passes on.

Aleister Crowley was seriously into some dark stuff.

There are many places around the world where the country folk still speak in whispers of either fear or awe about certain individuals and their powers. I don’t know all of these places and I’m sure there are dozens of them in places like Africa and Haiti alone, which have strong traditions of vodou and Santeria. These places are usually rural in nature and the people are superstitious. Perhaps it has something to do with living closer to the elements and being less in contact with 16-lane freeways, shopping malls, Cheez Whiz, and psycho-therapists.

This will literally kill you spiritually and is an abomination of a different sort. Anyone who thinks cheese should be squeezed out of a bottle should be squeezed out of town.

Le Berry(or Berri), France

Berry sits in the heart of France

The legends around Berry go back to medieval France as early as 1275. We have all heard about the Spanish Inquisition but other parts of Europe were also subject to inquisition including France, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. The trials of the inquisition led to some being banned from the area or worse yet – beheadings.

The Inquisition was a bad,bad time for women in particular.

The Inquisition was responsible for a witch-hunt which resulted from the torture of several accused witches, who in turn confessed the identities of other supposed witches… charging them guilty. The accused were then forced to walk down the street in clothing associated with heretics, where they were then burned alive. The Inquisition also had a habit of tricking people into other confessions by promising that if they co-operated, they would be set free. Many cases were built upon gossip and he said/she said. Accusations brought up by neighbors were sometimes enough to get you burned.

Château de Chabenet – Berry - France

Château de Chabenet – Berry – France

The town of Berrichonne, has a famous witchcraft museum located on an ancient farm dating to the XIX century.
Witchcraft is part of everyday life in Berrichonne even now. Country witches still practice here though most of the magic seems to be of the healing, love potion variety and not the human sacrifice type, thankfully.

The real Iron Maiden – and Bruce Dickinson is no where in sight

Mayong, Assam – India

Assam, India – great tea to be found here as well

From time immemorial, the Mayong region of Assam has been famous for supernatural stories. It is said that people came here from far and wide to learn black magic and the villages and tribal communities in this area still deeply believe in this stuff. Much of it has to do with illiteracy but no doubt the history of the region still affects the people here.

In its heyday the magic of Mayong was feared world over so much so that the word magic became synonymous with Mayong, however no one knows exactly how magic entered this land. Ferdinand Ossendowski in his book, “Men, Beasts and Gods” relates that the Gypsies originally got their magic from the underground city of Shambala/Agartha and brought it up to the world but because they misused it, were kicked out. Was Assam their first stop?

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Although many ancient scriptures have described Mayong as the place of black magic and tantricism, it still doesn’t have a well documented history. Even now, the people of Mayong are followers of these folk beliefs. For solving their day-to-day problems they still depend on “magic” and their indigenous herbs. According to some stories centuries ago, it was believed that by reciting certain mantras, human beings were shape shifted into animals, some mantras turned bullets into nothing and others hypnotized tigers. Distance healing by cutting only a handful of plants while chanting some secret word, chanting mantras to attract the amorous attention of someone in particular, mantras to move immovable objects and mantras to actually fly were all part of the scene.

Some mantras apparently caused all sorts of interesting things to happen.

However today these feats are unheard of, for in order to achieve such a high level of ability one needs to go through a lot of patience, dedication, hard work, meditation, and study to practice magic. And of course many of these superstitious beliefs collapse under scientific scrutiny. You can still see some tricks which may make you do a double-take like fortune-telling via korris (sea shells) , palmistry, future prediction via a piece of broken glass. A few household at Rojamayong and Buramayong still posses some of the manuscripts and practice it in a lesser form. Even the few who may be practicing it are reluctant to reveal anything.

Some Assamese are supposed to be very good at palmistry.

Those old sorcerers never wrote anything down, the teachings of black magic passed orally from generation to generation. However, even up until a few years ago, human sacrifice was still happening among tribal peoples in the Brahmaputra valley region.
Here is an excellent article on why some of this so-called “black magic” needs to be eradicated. This one is pretty good too.

Hatay/Antakya/Iskenderun, Turkey

The Hatay region of Turkey

The history of the Hatay province is a rich but confused one. These days with the fighting going on in neighboring Syria, literally next door, it makes it a difficult place to visit and yet this is one region of Turkey I have yet to explore and am itching to do so with a fine-toothed comb.

The Antakya Museum has the second largest collection of ancient Roman mosaics in the world.

Practically anyone who was someone in history came marching through this area at some point or other, including the ancient Assyrians, Phoenicians, Romans, Greeks, Alexander the Great, St. Paul, St.Peter, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lionheart, the Knights Templar, Crusaders on their way to Jerusalem, Ottoman Turks, the French, the British and Laurence of Arabia. With ancient churches, and ruins of temples, fortresses and castles littered about the countryside, this area is a true paradise to lovers of history and myth. Modern day Antakya sits on top of the ruins of ancient Antioch. Iskenderun is very close by to the ancient port city Alexandretta, established by guess who?

The exterior of one of the first churches in the world – The Grotto of St.Peter and Paul (yup, they both were here)

The region is known within Turkey for spells, hermits, sages and miracles. When I was living in Turkey, a few of my students from this area told me of a famous holy man, a “hoca” (ho-ja), I can’t remember his name and I’m not even sure if he is alive anymore but apparently he had only to look at your name on a piece of paper and it would be enough to ensure that neither snakes nor scorpions would ever bite you in your life. This area also seems to have a high concentration of children being born with immediate past-life memory. The Turkish form of black magic is called “Muska” and usually involves Arabic verses of the Koran written backwards and being left in secret or hidden in places to negatively affect certain people.

Bagras Castle – An old Knights Templar fortress

Personally, I’m of the persuasion that it’s best to leave things we don’t understand fully alone. While I am all for investigation and inquiry, there’s also the question of karma and blow back, which is why I think spell-casting is bad news in general. I don’t see anything wrong with praying or meditating and inviting for some insight on our own journeys but manipulating these forces, usually for selfish, self-centered ends, is normally a recipe for disaster.

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7 thoughts on “The Lands of Witches, Warlocks, Spells and Sorcerers

  1. Have you ever read Gifts of Unknown Things, by Lyall Watson? It’s about magic in Indonesia. Here in Cambodia, it’s still practiced, but has sort of gone underground. Some things we might consider magic are not considered magic by Cambodians, though. More like arts that have to be learned and practiced responsibly.

    • Earth Energy Reader

      I have not but will look it up. I do remember reading the “Holographic Universe” many years ago and several passages in the book described things which we would consider to be magical or supernatural in the remoter areas of the Phillipines as well.

  2. 27

    Oh man, this is some scary stuff! I know someone who is rumored to give her married son bewitched sugar on the sly, in order to get him to listen to her every command. Some people do these things without a guilt conscience and karma never seems to get them. I totally agree with you, when it comes to the world of the unseen, it is better to steer clear. No need to get yourself involved in a great evil, for which we lack proper understanding.

    • Oh, I think there is a price to be paid eventually for these things. I think people who play around with the occult negatively and for too long usually, in one way or another come to an ugly or untimely end. I can’t prove it, I have nothing to back this up with, but this is just my own intuition, but when I look at men who started up from pitifully humble origins, from less than nothing and clawed their way to the top with no scruples whatsoever and then die either under mysterious circumstances, or in freak accidents of have very sudden and complete reversals of fortune, I’m almost positive they must have made a pact with the devil somewhere along the line. People like Aristotle Onassis, media mogul Robert Maxwell, Bernie Madoff, Conrad Black, the Kennedy clan, even a quick overview shows up their lives as either cursed, charmed in the beginning and cursed at the end or riddled with tragedy.
      It will be very interesting to watch the future trajectory of the likes of Rupert Murdoch, George Soros, and Larry Ellison.

  3. searchingforfernando

    It’s not well know that during the witch hysteria in Europe there actually were people who confessed to being witches, not having come under suspicion. The most famous one was a woman named Isobel Gowdie who lived in Scotland in the 17th century. She titilated her stern Scottish neighbors with her tales of her baptism by the devil, her spiritual sex life, and her coven’s secret war against the villagers. She is so famous in Scotland that Scottish composer James MacMillan wrote a symphony entitled THE CONFESSIONS OF ISOBEL GOWDIE.

  4. simian

    This is a very interesting subject and without a degree of familiarity, it is quite frightening. In Africa it is commonplace to be swimming in this sort of spiritual warfare on a daily basis. In fact it is very exciting to be able to live with this level of connection to the spirit world. It is a lesson that informs us of our true nature. Here ‘Muti’ or voodoo is a way of life, even for people who don’t ascribe to it, or who have converted to some form of Christianity. Everyone knows it exists and is being practiced. it is an ingrained tradition and part of the African psyche. I look at these forms of magical practices in terms of the traditions of animism. It helps to avoid prescribing spirituality anthropomorphically and especially from a Western context. That is a surefire way of coming unstuck very quickly. Two great books that offer a snapshot into this phenomenon and the African psyche are Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ and Chinua Achebe ‘Things fall apart’. Just thinking about them gives me goosebumps. Cool Post!

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