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The shoes hidden in homes to ward off evil

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Black Monk

I like the child's one with mud and grass still stuck to it.

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acute

When my brother had an internal wall removed, there was a WW2 Royal Marines beret placed inside.

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evalha

so yeah, they removed the shoes. Great idea.

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_KB_

You know doing that is kinda like a spell or a ritual... so if they do a spell or a ritual then they're technically witches... and if their witches then they shouldn't be able to enter their house... but why would they want that...

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Nzo

Going to be building a new home soon and thank goodness I seen this article. Now I shall place my shoes in the cement walls near the entrance.

It may be superstition but hell, this whole universe should not exist and it does, so better safe then sorry.

I don't need Dolores Umbridge paying me a visit or her cats.

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Eldorado
20 hours ago, acute said:

When my brother had an internal wall removed, there was a WW2 Royal Marines beret placed inside.

i found a pair of old boots.

I cleaned them up and they now work for the Dept of Work and Pensions.

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freetoroam
13 hours ago, _KB_ said:

You know doing that is kinda like a spell or a ritual... so if they do a spell or a ritual then they're technically witches... and if their witches then they shouldn't be able to enter their house... but why would they want that...

Not according to the article: the idea was to ward off witches.

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"In the early modern period, people also believed in demons, ghosts, elves, goblins - but witches were the most frightening because they were in human form," he said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-41507752

People were very superstitious back then, and believing in demons, ghosts, elves, goblins and witches allowed for much of it.

Today people are more knowledgable and thanks to science and much research, explanations are given. There are still some who still believe in demons etc.

But you do not have to believe in religion or be naive to be superstitious, but it helps.

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_KB_
25 minutes ago, freetoroam said:

Not according to the article: the idea was to ward off witches.

People were very superstitious back then, and believing in demons, ghosts, elves, goblins and witches allowed for much of it.

Today people are more knowledgable and thanks to science and much research, explanations are given. There are still some who still believe in demons etc.

But you do not have to believe in religion or be naive to be superstitious, but it helps.

well yeah but if they do that then their technically casting a spell making them witches... besides what's wrong with being a little superstitious, i mean I've seen some strange sh*d and you can only handle so much of it before you start thinking maybe theres something to this magic stuff

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Piney

They find shoes sometimes while revamping houses that were part of John Fenwick's Colony in Salem, New Jersey but this aspect was never mentioned by historians around here.

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BorizBadinov

I had never heard of this with shoes but I can understand the concept. A personal item would have stronger effect to a believer. Wards or protection symbols used to decorate barns to create a hex free zone and bring good luck, similar concept. Fighting fire with fire.

That little muddy shoe conjures an image of a small child playing out in the mud and catching a fever. Perhaps placed by a concerned parent out of options to cure a sickness thought to be witchcraft perhaps. The stories we will never know.

Pretty fascinating thanks for sharing it.

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paperdyer

The spell, or non-spell must have worked.  Didn't all the witches move to New England?

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Piney
6 hours ago, paperdyer said:

The spell, or non-spell must have worked.  Didn't all the witches move to New England?

No but they use to persecute us Quakers as witches in New England.

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Herr Falukorv

An old co-worker were renovating his sommer cottage 4-5 years ago and were tearing down an inner wall.
Inside he and his wife found an old arabic dagger and a little box with old coins in gold.
The auction house they visited said the things very worth some 35.000 euro..
Thats a nice bonus to the holiday fund.

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Calibeliever

The way I understood it, the shoes (or other personal effects of the dead) were placed in the walls to bind the deceased owner's presence to the house. That spirit acted as a guardian and protected the home from other harmful spirits. 

Source: Anecdotal, remembered from a conversation many, many years ago. 

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Myles
On 12/10/2017 at 8:51 AM, acute said:

When my brother had an internal wall removed, there was a WW2 Royal Marines beret placed inside.

I've remolded the house over the years,  I always put a few things in the wall for someone to come across at some point.    Nothing of real value though.   Maybe a newspaper.   Last time it was an MP3 player we no longer used.  

I love when I find stuff like that, so I just want to pass it on.

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