195 years ago today - May 7, 1828

"The instrument of their miraculous powers, was a cleft stick, or rod, something of the form of an inverted Y; and when this talisman was firmly grasped in either hand, by its two points, it was believed to indicate the proper course to be pursued, or point out some substance of medicinal utility, or fix the locality of some valuable mine; - whichever of these the agent was pleased to wish."

["The Rodsmen," Vermont American, (Middlebury, CT), 7 May 1828, as quoted in A Topical Guide of Treasure-Seeking Rituals From the American Northeast during the 18th and 19th Centuries, Compiled by Joseph T. Antley (2010)]

No comments:

Post a Comment