Hohman's Pow-Wow's - 1828

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The book, "Pow Wow's or Long Lost Friend," by John George Hohman, printed by the Star Book & Novelty Co., Camden, New Jersey, 1828 - an update to the original, published in 1820. This book contains many spells, incantations, folk remedies, and other folklore from the early days of our country. John George Hohman was a Pennsylvania Dutch healer in the 1820's. 'Pow-Wow' is a unique mixture of Christian theology and a shamanistic belief system, also known as Hoo Doo. It is still practiced in some rural areas of Pennsylvania. In spite of the name, it is not of Native American derivation. German immigrants who practiced folk-magic brought it to America. The book includes healing spells, binding spells, protective spells, talismans, wards and benedictions - it pays particular attention to spells and potions to cure cattle and horses and to protect one from wounding, thievery, and witches.

'The Long Lost Friend' is an English-language edition of "Der Lange Verborgene Freund," a magical receipt-book written in German by Johann Georg Hohman, and published first in Pennsylvania in 1820. Its original title would be better translated at "The Long Hidden Vade-Mecum."

It begins and ends with the statement, "Whoever carries this book with him, is safe from all his enemies, visible or invisible; and whoever has this book with him cannot die without the holy corpse of Jesus Christ, nor drowned in any water, nor burn up in any fire, nor can any unjust sentence be passed upon him. So help me."


This CD book is fully indexed and linked for ease of use. Please note: This is not a paper book, it is a scan of the original paper book into the digital Adobe PDF format, written on a CD-ROM. You read this book on your computer using the free Adobe Reader software. It is a digital version of a hard to find book. If you could find a copy of the 1828 printed book, it would be very expensive.

Spells, incantations, prayers, potions, and so forth included in this work are:

A remedy for hysterics, another remedy for hysterics, a remedy to stop bleeding, a remedy to prevent falling away, another remedy to be applied when anyone is sick, a good remedy for worms, a good remedy against slander, a good remedy for the colic, a good remedy for the fever, a spell to attach a dog to a person, a very good remedy for palpitation of the heart, precaution against injuries, to make a wand for searching for iron or water, how to obtain things desired, a sure way of catching fish, a safe remedy for various ulcers, etc, a good remedy for mortification and inflammation, to prevent malicious persons from doing injury, to destroy bots or worms in horses, to cure the poll-evil in horses, in two or three applications, a good remedy for wounds and burns, a good remedy for the wild-fire, to stop pains or smarting in a wound, to destroy warts, to banish the whooping cough, another remedy for whooping cough, a good way to stop bleeding, a good remedy for the toothache, how to walk and step securely in all cases, a very good remedy for the colic, to banish convulsive fevers, how to banish the fever, a very good plaster, to make a good eye-water, remedy for white swelling, remedy for epilepsy, remedy for burns, to stop bleeding, a remedy to relieve pain, a remedy for the toothache, to remove bruises and pains, a remarkable passage from the book of Albertus Magnus, another passage from the same, to cure fits or convulsions, a cure for the headache, to mend broken glass, to make cattle return to the same place, another method of making cattle return, to prevent the Hessian fly from injuring wheat, to prevent cherries from ripening before Martinmas, stinging nettles-good for banishing fears and fancies, and to cause fish to collect, heliotrope, a means to prevent calumniation, to heal a sore mouth, a good remedy for consumption, swallow-wort: Its properties, for the hollow horn in cows, to destroy the wheal in the eye, to make hens lay many eggs, words to be spoken while making divinatory wands, how to destroy a tape-worm, a good remedy for the bots in horses, how to cure a burn, to cure the bite of a snake, security against mad dogs, to remove pain and heal wounds with three switches, remedy for fever, worms and the colic, how to cure weakness of the limbs, another remedy for weakness, to make horses that refuse their feed to eat again, a good method of destroying rats and mice, to cure any excrescence or wen on a horse, how to prepare a good eye-water, how to cause thieves to stand still, to cure the sweeney in horses, how to make molasses, to make good beer, a cure for the epilepsy, another way to make cattle return home, a very good remedy to cure sores, a good cure for wounds, to make an oil out of paper, good for sore eyes, to destroy crab-lice, to prevent the worst kind of paper from blotting, a very good remedy for the gravel, a good remedy for those who cannot keep their water, to remove a wen during the crescent moon, to destroy field-mice and moles, to remove a scum or skin from the eye, a cure for deafness, buzzing in the ear, etc., to cause children to cut their teeth without pain, a cure for vomiting and diarrhea, to heal burns, a very good cure for weakness of the limbs, etc., for dysentery and diarrhea, a cure for the toothache, advice to pregnant women, a cure for the bite of a mad dog, a very good means to increase the growth of wool on sheep, and to prevent disease among them, a well-tried plaster to remove mortification, a good remedy for the poll-evil in horses, for the scurvy and sore throat, a very good plaster, to stop bleeding, another way to stop bleeding, and to heal wounds, for gaining a lawful suit, for the swelling of cattle, an easy method of catching fish, a very good and safe remedy for the rheumatism, a good way to destroy worms in bee-hives, for making a paste to prevent gun-barrels from rusting, to make a wick which is never consumed, a morning prayer before entering upon a journey, a safe and approved means to be applied in time of fire and pestilence, to prevent conflagration, to prevent witches from bewitching cattle, and against bad men and evil spirits, to extinguish fire without water, to prevent bad people from getting among the cattle, another method of stopping fire, how to fasten or spell-bind anything, another way to spell-bind, a benediction to prevent fire, how to relieve persons or animals after being bewitched, to protect houses and premises against sickness and theft, against mishaps and dangers in the house, a direction for a gypsy sentence, etc., against evil spirits and all manner of witchcraft, against swellings, how to treat a cow after the milk is taken from her, against adversities, etc., against danger and death, another method of treating a sick cow, against fevers, to spell-bind a thief, another way to spell-bind thieves, to effect the same in less time, to release spell-bound persons, to compel a thief to return stolen goods, a benediction for all purposes, to win every game you engage in at cards, against burns, another remedy for burns, to protect cattle against witchcraft, how to tie up and heal wounds, to take the pain out of fresh wounds, a benediction against worms, against every evil influence, to retain the right in a court of justice, to stop bleeding at any time, another way to stop bleeding, another similar prescription, another still more certain way, a sign to keep back men and animals, protection to house and hearth, a charm, to be carried about the person, to charm enemies, robbers and murderers, a charm against firearms, another for the same, protection against weapons. A charm against shooting, etc., to charm guns and other arms, to prevent being cheated, charmed or bewitched, another to effect the same, another similar direction, another similar direction, another one like it, another one like it, a very effective charm, a very safe and reliable charm, a good charm against thieves, how to recover stolen goods, a well-tried charm, another against fire-arms, a charm to gain advantage over stronger persons, to destroy spring-tails or ground fleas, a benediction for and against all enemies, another against sickness and misfortunes, the Talisman, to prevent anyone from killing game, to compel a thief to return stolen goods, a charm against powder and ball, a list of unlucky days, a certain cure for epilepsy, a salve to heal up wounds, peaches, their medical properties, sweet oil, its virtues, a cure for the dropsy, a cure for the dropsy, said to be infallible, a cure for the dropsy, effectual, remedy for the lockjaw, for the sting of a wasp or bee, for Diarrhea a mixture, soap powders, to dye a madder red, to dye a fine scarlet red, to dye a permanent blue, to dye a green, a physic ball for horses, a physic for cattle, a sedative and worm ball, an astringent ball for looseness in horses, a mixture for ulcers and all foul sores, to cure yellow water in horses, a valuable recipe for galls-wind galls in horses, and to cure wind-broken horses.

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