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Thread: Appalachian Granny Magic Tradition

  1. #11
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    Apr 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Quote Originally Posted by southern_fried_wicca
    There is a yahoo group. The woman who runs it, I believe is the founder of the specific tradition. The group however is an eclectic mix of people with ties to the Appalachian region.

    I would not say it is true appalachian. That is like saying all pagans are wiccan. I myself practice a very similar path. The history of magic in the Appalachians is definately intresting. It is a mix of the traditions of the cherokee, other indiginious tribes. the scot-irish, and the germans, who all came to this area in the 18th century. The isolation of the area kept many of those traditions intact well into the 19th century. Many never called themselves witches, most considered themselves christians, and each path was almost completely unique to a family. I believe what exists today is more of reconstructionism than carried ver traditions. I have been doing some research and some of the techniques they used would not want to repeated in this day and age.
    Could you elaborate on these techniques? Or at least point us in the direction of the information?


  2. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Greencastle IN
    Quote Originally Posted by Agaliha View Post
    Anyone here follow this path?
    I found a few sites that explain the beliefs. But I'm still curious for more.

    I'm interested in it because it blends Cherokee beliefs into the path. And well, I've been looking for anything and anyway to honor te path and Gods of my dad's ancestors.
    Somewhere mentioned that they honor Grandmother Spider (Kanene Ski Amai Yehi), used Tsalagi (cherokee) language for spells, hymns and other things.
    So it's looking really interesting to me.
    It does not always mix Cherokee beliefs. Some do, many do not. It just depends o who knew and believed what, ad who they taught and so on. There is Cherokee influence in many a Grannies ways though they may now it. Influences such ass herbal and bird lore among other things sure... but as far as working with Cherokee entities oran understanding of the Cherokee medicine tradition... probably not.

    You are talking a few grannies for every large bunch maybe knowing something.

    Quote Originally Posted by eldora_avalon View Post
    On a related note. Anyone rememebr the TV show, Beverly Hillbillies? Granny on the show was more likely this kind of granny than being anyone's grandmother, though I am not sure where the character's name actually came from. I have a book somewhere, it explained some things, like why we still burn trash in the county I grew up in.
    She is an excellent example of a granny witch, though like many would probably never have called herself a witch. Bad rep and all. She probably was their actual granny to. Women married early and were unlikely to not have children.
    Tsalagi Nvwoti Didahnvwesgi Ale Didahnesesgi
    (Cherokee medicine practitioner of left and right hand paths) - The Anikutani Tradition

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