Crawdad bone against syphilis – “I have known hillmen to spend hours and even days searching the rivers for very large crawpappies in order to get the two circular lucky-bones found in their bodies. These are carried in the pockets to ward off syphilis. The bigger the bones the better, and really large lucky-bones are rare.” ~Randolph OMF 152

Pinchers worn for stomachache – “It is said that a pair of crawpappy pincers sewed into a man’s clothing has the same effect [stomachache].” ~Randolph OMF 154

“If you tie crawdad claws around your neck it is suppose to cure the bellyache.” ~Parler FBA III 3276

“A remedy for the bellyache is to tie a pair of crawdad claws on a string and wear them around your neck.” ~Parler FBA III 3277

Lucky crawdad bones – “The two lucky bones in crawdad’s head will bring a boy good luck if he will wrap them in a mullin leaf and tie it down in his left hand pocket. The lucky-bones make good wishes come true.” ~Parler FBA IX 8762


Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)