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Pow-Wows: Or, Long Lost Friend (Forgotten Books) Paperback – November 13, 2007


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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605060402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605060408
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pa Dutch Girl on July 16, 2008
I grew up in PA Dutch Country, and my mother and her family and ancestors were all part of that culture. My mother firmly believed in the power of Pow-Wow and my sister still uses the bloodstone that belonged to my mother to this day. When I was a little girl, my mother and father had a friend, and elderly gentleman, who was a Pow-Wow Doctor. When I was 10, I became very ill with appendicitis and the medical doctors were very worried about me. I had a very high fever and it just wouldn't break. My mother found their friend, the Pow-Wow Doctor, and asked him if there was anything he could do. He reassured my mother and said that he would "work on me" through the night. He did so, and by morning my fever had broken and I was doing much better. The medical doctors were surprised. My mother credits the Pow-Wow with saving my life, not the medical doctors. Her mother (my grandmother) was a lifelong believer in Pow-Wow, and used their services frequently. She herself practiced a bit, but only for herself and her family. My mother also knew a tiny bit, which she used when I was growing up.
This book is a wonderful resource if you are interested in learning about Pow-Wow, I highly recommend it! It won't, alone, teach you to be a full Pow-Wow (you need to be trained by a Hexenmeister for that), but you may be able to use some of the charms to help yourself. Even if you are interested only in the historical and cultural aspects of the book, it is well worth purchasing for your collection. Thank you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Hansen on May 22, 2008
The Long Lost Friend has been in print since it was first published in 1820. It has survived a lot of editing and cheap paper publication, and still stands as the keystone of Pensylvania Dutch Hex Pratice, in which healings and many kinds of almost miraculous works are acomplished by the use of spoken spells alone. The principel of Hex working is based upon the words of Jesus Christ, who said 'Greater things than this ye shall do. The entire theory of Christian magical practice is given in the book of Mathew, and the spells given in the long Lost Friend and the new translation of Abramelin are those of this natire. It is truly a book that makes the magical side of Christainaity come alive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ronald on January 25, 2012
An excellent period piece showing the complexity and intricacies of Pennsylvania Dutch Pow-Wow. To put it in a context, the reader should have a look at Further From the Middle, available in electronically on google or in paperback on Amazon. Further From the Middle: A Pennsylvania Dutch Story of Life
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Mamakos on August 28, 2011
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This is the quintessential book for any practitioner of pow wow... whether a beginner or a long time pow wow... if you don't see this book on your braucher's shelf, I'd wonder how sincere they are in practicing the craft! While much contained in the book is applicable only to days long ago - or in a medical situation - where as a pow wow, I would hesitate to tread - it's a valuable read and wonderful resource! Beautifully bound and printed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard McLane on February 11, 2013
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good book, how medicinal things use to be, bought the book for the purpose of a historical infamous incident, 3-1928, the famous "hex" murder, Nelson Rehymeyer, self proclaimed witch murdered by John Blymire, the murder happened very close to where I live, it is a huge legend around here, this is the sbook that Rehymeyer was to have in his possesion.
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This book is terrible. It is a random collection of remedies and folk lore with no organization what-so-ever. There is also no attempt at scholarly work to discern why remedies directly contradict each other; Did 1 "remedy" come from the Ohio Dutch and the other from the Pennsylvania?

Also why not organize the ideas into some type of grouping rather than just list in the order they found them? The "index" is actually a table of contents, and is tedious to look through. If you are going to bother writing a book put some effort into organizing your thoughts rather than just spewing out things that you found "somewhere", did I mention that there is not real reference to where they came from, not even while sitting on the porch with Martha Peachy she told me. The scholarly work is crap, but if you want to read random folk remedies that may or may not be from the Amish, have at.
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