walk backwards round the church

November 18, 2016


Witchcraft may be acquired in the following way:  When taking sacrament at church, instead of eating the cake which the parson gives you, save it, and wait until all the people have gone home. Then walk backwards round the church nine times, looking into every window and door as you go. Then return home, and, as you go, give the cake to the first living thing that you meet, be it dog, cat, or any other animal.

S. O. Addy
Household tales and traditional remains: Collected in the Counties of York, Lincoln, Derby, and Nottingham, 1895

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