Saturday, February 11, 2006

Palermo Show Looks At Magic

A new show here aims to explore the possible links between Christianity and pagan rituals and superstitions, through a series of charms and spells from Sicilian tradition .

Most of the objects date back to the 1800s and early 20th century. At the time, many - particularly the documents - were banned by the Catholic Church, which considered them the 'devil's work' .

The exhibit covers a wide variety of items, from 'scientific' objects, through charms and spells used for white and black magic, onto traditions connected to the church itself .

Alembics, an old device for distilling liquids, amulets and special jewels and rocks are among the items used for "practical" purposes, together with masks that were thought to ward off evil .

The documents include a range of detailed recipes for potions and charms, as well as the ingredients and actions for several spells. Full Story

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