Ozark Encyclopedia – F – Feathers

Chicken feathers burned under bed to stop bleeding during childbirth – “After the babe is delivered, some hillfolk burn a handful of chicken feathers under the bed, as this is supposed to stop hemorrhage.” ~Randolph OMF 201

Feather bed against colds – “My grandfather still sleeps on a feather bed twelve months a year. This, he declares, is the reason he never catches a cold.” ~Parler FBA II 1782

Feathers burned for bowels – “Put feathers in a pot and place a hot coal down in it so the feathers will smoulder. If you sit on this, it will make your bowels move.” ~Parler FBA II 1914

Turkey feather used for diphtheria – “After the doctor gave me up with diphtheria, my grandmother stripped a long turkey feather down until there was a small duster on the end. She ran this down my throat and brought it out with a twisting motion. The [phlegm] that had clogged my throat came with it.” ~Parler FBA II 2071

Burned under a person for kidney trouble – “Burn feathers under person and their kidneys will act.” ~Parler FBA III 2609

White feathers good luck – “If a person has a white feather or plume it is very good to keep it in his possession.” ~Parler FBA IX 8768

“The feather of a white pigeon on the shelf in a closet will insure a happy home all your life.” ~Parler FBA IX 8769

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

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