Note for headache and eyestrain – “I met a witch doctor in Little Rock, Arkansas, who cured headaches and eyestrain simply by writing MOTTER FOTTER on a piece of paper and letting the patient burn the paper in the presence of three witnesses.” ~Randolph OMF 133

Used in curing warts – “Another way to ‘pass’ a wart is to spit on it, rub a bit of paper in the spittle, fold the paper, and drop it in the road; the wart is supposed to pass to the first person who picks up the paper and unfolds it. Children are always trying this, and one can find these little folded papers in the road near most any rural schoolhouse.” ~Randolph OMF 127

Paper doll against witchcraft – “I interviewed one renowned witch killer who cuts a silhouette out of paper and writes the witch’s name on it. Then he very slowly tears the paper doll to pieces pulls off a hand one day, a foot the next, and so on. Finally he snips off the head, whereupon the witch is expected to die, or suffer a paralytic stroke, or become violently insane.” ~Randolph OMF 287


Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)