- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Red Wheel / Weiser (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578632021
- ISBN-13: 978-1578632022
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Black Pullet: Science of Magical Talisman Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
Orig. pub. late 1700s; this is a 1972 English-language edition, reprinted in 2000.
A fabulous classic of talismanic and treasure-seeking spell-work, "The Black Pullet" has long been accepted by both Appalachian and African-American conjurers, and -- under the title "Gallina Negra" -- is also popular in Mexican brujeria and in Santeria.
Take a minute to look at this book and maybe youll decide it's something you can work with.
I'm very skeptical of this as a serious magickal resource. The text is in the form of a narrative, supposedly written by a French officer in Napoleon's army (though he never mentions Napoleon by name) during the Egyptian expedition. While surveying the Pyramids, his unit is attacked by Bedouins and all are killed except him. He is badly wounded, almost dead, when he is rescued by a little old man who comes out of a secret door on the side of the pyramid. Our hero convalesces in the old man's sumptuous pyramid apartment. The old fellow adopts him as his son and teaches him the secrets of ancient magic from documents rescued from "the burning of Ptolemy's library."
This story is fun to read and it was probably an influence for HP Lovecraft. The magical amulets, rings, and words of power all have the air of being completely made up by a clever and inventive writer.
Despite what the back-cover copy says, complete instructions for the manufacture of the Black Pullet, the wondrous gold-finding bird, are NOT included. Certain aspects of the bird's training are mentioned but not discussed. I would certainly not trust these instructions well enough to ever try them myself.
The reason why I only give it four stars instead of five is because its origin is very questionable. It is mentioned in other grimoires and parts of it is even published in other MSS that are quite old so perhaps it is a valid magical text. Either way it is an interesting story and I enjoyed it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a classic story. My only problem is the amount of typos within it. Whoever edited this did a sloppy job.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent source of information. I was looking for information on how to design talismans and this book is one of the best sources I have found so far.Published on May 29, 2014 by Rick Grimes
it was a great read. I loved the authenticness of it all. I would recomend it to any historian. LovePublished on May 26, 2013 by Stacey johnson
This is a good buy if you just want a simple fun read for an evening, and the cover art and font look great. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Marax