Ozark Spiritism: The Stringfellow House

Here in Fayetteville, Arkansas, there's an otherwise unassuming Victorian home over in the Historic District that some know as the "Stringfellow House" but few are aware of the full tale of the Stringfellow family. More information about the family can be found in Stephen Chism's book, The Afterlife of Leslie Stringfellow: A Nineteenth-Century Southern Family's... Continue Reading →

Help Open Ozark Healing Traditions!

First off, thank you to everyone who has helped me over the years to bring workshops, hikes, and healing sessions to Northwest Arkansas and beyond.  Ozark Healing Traditions started off as a blog called Mountain Man Healing about seven years ago. Back then I was participating in a project where I would write about Ozark... Continue Reading →

Spirit Evocation

For those spirits who don't appear spontaneously there is the route of evocation, which basically means calling upon a certain spirit (or group of spirits) to appear to the medium. There are advantages and disadvantages to both the spontaneous and evocation routes. For instance, with spontaneous manifestations we are at more of a risk for... Continue Reading →

Spirit Obsession

Relationships between mortals and spirits can be viewed in a positive or negative light. Sometimes when we encounter spirits the information given (and the experience in general) is enlightening and helpful. Other times we encounter spirits who just want to joke around, or who pose as well-meaning characters as a sort of trick. Identifying spirits... Continue Reading →

Spiritism vs Spiritualism

One of the first things that always comes up when I start talking about Spiritism is the question, "Is that the same thing as Spiritualism?" A lot of folks have heard about the latter, mostly through media portrayals of spirit mediums, and possibly the stories connected to greats like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Horseshoe

To protect a house from witchcraft – “Probably the commonest way to keep witches out of the house is to nail a horseshoe over the door; this is regarded as a sort of general prophylactic against witches, bad luck, contagious disease, and other evil influences. Many hillmen insist that it doesn't work unless the open... Continue Reading →

Ozark Encyclopedia – D – Dishrags

Dirty or stolen dishrag for curing warts – “One school of wart catchers place their trust in dirty dishrags, and some healers say that they require stolen dishrags. After touching each wart with the rag, one either buries it secretly in the earth or hides it under a flat rock, being careful to replace the... Continue Reading →

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