'Hello! My name is Buffy. Ask me about curses.'
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, episode 1, Season 6
Welcome to Buddha's Black Dog, my blog on curses and spells: for what it's about (and my other blogs) see
Buddha's Black Dog is organised thematically, and older posts will be linked to after each post.
M R James - author of many classic ghost stories - has a rather good curse in 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral'.
When I grew in the Wood
I was water'd wth Blood
Now in the Church I stand
Who that touches me with his Hand
If a Bloody hand he bear
I councell him to be ware
Lest he be fetcht away
Whether by night or day,
But chiefly when the wind blows high
In a night of February.
This I drempt, 26 Febr. AD 1699. John Austin.
The curse is found in an old carving in the church. The reference to 'water'd with blood' indicates that the tree from which the carving was made was a site of sacrifice - probably human as well as animal.
The complete text of this rather disturbing story can be found here.
Ancient Curses 1: the Curse of Akkad
Ancient Curses 2: Otzi the Ice Man
Ancient Curses 3: Egyptian Curses
Ancient Curses 4: a professional's counter-spell
Curses and Music 1: The 27 Curse and Amy Winehouse
Curses in Literature 1: the Jackdaw of Rheims
Curses that Worked 1: the Curse of Shakespeare's Tomb
Proverbial Curses 1
Theatre Curses 1: Macbeth
Historical Curses 1: the Monition of Cursing Against the Border Reivers
My other blogs are
A Glasgow Album - a photoblog drifting in a melancholy manner around the city
and photographs of dogs tied up outside shops and other places (not too melancholy)