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Jar of 17th Century Urine Found in Greenwhich Village

In History, off-beat, search for personal satisfaction on June 5, 2009 by Editor Z

Peeing in a jar is usually something reserved for the just flat out s*&t-faced. But peeing in a jar, adding hair, pins, and finger nails before burying evidently is an old superstition done to ward off witches.

MSNBC:

During the 17th century in England, someone urinated in a jar, added nail clippings, hair and pins, and buried it upside-down in Greenwich, where it was recently unearthed and identified by scientists as being the world’s most complete known “witch bottle.”

This spell device, often meant to attract and trap negative energy, was particularly common from the 16th to the 17th centuries, so the discovery provides a unique insight into witchcraft beliefs of that period, according to a report published in the latest British Archaeology.

Lead researcher Alan Massey, a former chemist and honorary fellow of Loughborough University, believes “the objects found in witch bottles verify the authenticity of contemporary recipes given for anti-witchcraft devices, which might otherwise have been dismissed by us as being too ridiculous and outrageous to believe.


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