was recently reading a book :
techniques of bewitchment
The term Voodoo doll is commonly employed to describe an effigy into which pins are inserted.Although it comes in various different forms, such practices are found in the magical traditions of many cultures across the world
and it dawned on me : the similarities between Voodoo Dolls and the Creation Myth of Man
- According to Sumerian mythology the gods Enki or Enlil create a servant of the gods, humankind, out of clay and blood (see Enki and the Making of Man). In another Sumerian story, both Enki and Ninmah create humans from the clay of the Abzu, the fresh water of the underground. They take turns in creating and decreeing the fate of the humans.
- According to Egyptian mythology the god Khnum creates human children from clay before placing them into their mother's womb.
- According to Chinese mythology (see Chu Ci and Imperial Readings of the Taiping Era), Nüwa molded figures from the yellow earth, giving them life and the ability to bear children.
- In the Babylonian creation epic Enuma Elish, the goddess Ninhursag created humans from clay.
- In Greek mythology, according to Pseudo-Apollodorus (Bibliotheca, 1.7.1), Prometheus molded men out of water and earth.
- According to Hindu mythology the mother of Ganesh, Parvati, made Ganesh from clay and turned the clay into flesh and blood.
- According to some Laotian folk religion, there are stories of humans created from mud or clay.
- The Yoruba culture holds that the god Obatala likewise created the human race from clay.
- According to Genesis 2:7 "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul".
- According to the Qur'an[23:12–15], God created man from clay.
- The Māori people believe that Tāne Mahuta, god of the forest, created the first woman out of clay and breathed life into her."
- According to Inca mythology the creator god Viracocha formed humans from clay on his second attempt at creating living creatures.
- According to some Native American beliefs, the Earth-maker formed the figure of many men and women, which he dried in the sun and into which he breathed life.
- In American folklore, Wonder Woman was sculpted from clay by her mother Hippolyta and given life by the Greek gods.
how do you sculpt a clay pot ..... by making it spin ....
from: White Stag
In the flood story of Atrahasis, as the "womb-goddess" NiNtu ( the "Lady of the Rib." ) , she is chosen by the other gods to be the creator of humankind, whom she fashions out of a mixture of blood and clay.
Wheat and clay rituals
- At the temple of Mendes, figures of Osiris were made from wheat and paste placed in a trough on the day of the murder, then water was added for several days, until finally the mixture was kneaded into a mold of Osiris and taken to the temple to be buried (the sacred grain for these cakes were grown only in the temple fields). Molds were made from the wood of a red tree in the forms of the fourteen dismembered parts of Osiris, the cakes of 'divine' bread were made from each mold, placed in a silver chest and set near the head of the god with the inward parts of Osiris as described in the Book of the Dead (XVII). On the first day of the Festival of Ploughing, where the goddess Isis appeared in her shrine where she was stripped naked, paste made from the grain were placed in her bed and moistened with water, representing the fecund earth. All of these sacred rituals were "climaxed by the eating of sacramental god, the eucharist by which the celebrants were transformed, in their persuasion, into replicas of their god-man"
SEMEN, and URINE
In the folk magic of virtually every culture there are spells that make use of all of our bodily effluvia and detritus, including the amniotic sac (caul) of a baby, spit, semen, tears, urine, feces, head hair, pubic hair, and nail clippings. However, due to taboos surrounding menstrual blood, semen, and urine in some urban cultures, the use of these particular body fluids in spell-casting can be problematic for those unfamiliar with the larger history of folk magic. In light of the universality of bodily effluvia and detritus as tools of magic, the singling out of menstrual blood, urine, and semen is most rationally approached on the basis of their intended effect (generally spells of sex and love) than on the basis of their origin (human bodies).
The frankest discussions of the uses of these substances in magic will be found in ethnological treatises on folk-magic; the "ceremonial high magicians" of the late Victorian era (including Aleister Crowley and his cohorts) were too prudish to deal with this matter as anything other than an antinomian and rule-breaking rite. They found it exhilarating in proportion to the degree to which they judged it to be daring, provocative, and naughty -- and their 20th and 21st century followers have continued in the same vein, especially as the possibility of blood-born and sexually-transmitted diseases has made working with these substances seem dangerous. In folk-magic, on the other hand, menstrual blood, semen, and urine are straightforward tools of spell-casting and the knowledge of how to deploy them is routinely passed from one family member to another.
read on ....
- "Hoochie coochie" is also used to refer to a sexually attractive person ( under Her / his C Har M ) or a practitioner of HooDoo"
MoJo /ˈmoʊdjoʊ/, in the African-American folk belief called hoodoo, is an amulet consisting of a flannel bag containing one or more magical items. It is a "prayer in a bag", or a spell that can be carried with or on the host's body.