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Group No. 111


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G200 – G299

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G200. Witch. *Types 405, 432, 442, 708, 710, 711; **Kittredge Witchcraft; *Vordemfelde Die Hexe im deutschen Volksmärchen (Mogk Festschrift 588); *Fb ”heks“ IV 206a; Hansen Zauberwahn, Inquisition und Hexenprozess im Mittelalter (München and Leipzig, 1900), ibid. Quellen und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte des Hexenwahns und der Hexenverfolgung in den österr. Alpenländern (1934); Hdwb. d. Abergl. III 1827 – 1920; R. F. Fortune Sorcerers of Dobu (London, 1932); M. A. Murray The Witch-Cult in Western Europe (Oxford, 1921); M. Summers The History of Witchcraft and Demonology (London, 1926); *Arne Runeberg Witches, Demons and Fertility Magic (Helsinki, 1947); A. Mayer Erdmutter und Hexe (München, 1936); *Hoffman-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 117. – Irish myth: *Cross; Scotch: Macdougall and Calder 235 (”glastig“); Icelandic: *Boberg; Lappish: Hartland Science 173; Finnish-Swedish: Wessman 81ff. Nos. 673 – 739; Jewish: *Neuman; Arabian: Burton Nights I 28, 76, 333, II 233 – 238, VI 158, 242n., VIII 131, S VI 325ff., 452; India: *Thompson-Balys, Penzer X 362 s.v. ”Witch“; Mono: Wheeler 45; Papua: Ker 21, 31, 68; Tuamotu: Stimson MS (z-G. 13/499); S. A. Indian (Toba): Métraux MAFLS XL 77, (Araucanian): Alexander Lat. Am. 328; Africa: *Werner African 333ff., (Basuto): Jacottet 236 No. 34.
G201. Three witch sisters. Sometimes simply three hags. *BP I 114; *R. Drinkuth Hessische Blätter f. Vksk. XXXII 109 – 154, XXXIII 1 – 77; *Von Sydow Två Spinnsagor 68ff.; Irish myth: *Cross; Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 245; India: Thompson-Balys.
G201.1. Three witches (hags) deformed from much spinning. *Type 501; *Von Sydow Två Spinnsagor.
G202. Beneficent witches. Papua: Ker 52, 127.
G203. Origin of witches. Icelandic: Boberg.
G203.1. Witch daughter of fairy and man. Icelandic: Boberg.
G203.2. Witches come forth at emergence of mankind. N. A. Indian (Zuñi): Benedict 344.
G204. Girl in service of witch. *Types 310, 428; Herrmann Saxo II 485.
G205. Witch stepmother. *Types 403, 450; Icelandic: *Boberg; Lithuanian: Balys Index Nos. *453, *481; Africa (Basuto): Jacottet 266 No. 40, (Ekoi): Talbot 401; Jamaica: *Beckwith MAFLS XVII 268 No. 80.
G206. Witch has (three) giant sons. Irish myth: *Cross.
G207. Male witch. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 648.
G210. Form of witch.
G210.0.1. Witch invisible. (Cf. A11, D1980, E421.1, G303.6.2.1, F235.1, E501.1.) England: *Baughman.
G211. Witch in animal form. Kittredge Witchcraft 174 nn. 1 – 3.
G211.1. Witch in form of domestic beast.
G211.1.1. Witch in form of horse. (Cf. D131.) Köhler-Bolte I 220, 586; *Fb ”Troms kirke“ III 858b; Tobler 45; England, Scotland, Wales, U.S.: Baughman; Icelandic: Corpus Poeticum Boreale I 153, Boberg; Hindu: Tawney I 342.
G211.1.1.1. Witch in form of headless horse. *Fb ”föl“ I 400.
G211.1.1.2. Witch as horse shod with horseshoes. Köhler-Bolte I 220, 586; *Fb ”Troms kirke“ III 858b; Tobler 44; England, Scotland, U.S.: Baughman; Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 322 No. 91.
G211.1.2. Witch in form of mule. U.S.: Baughman.
G211.1.3. Witch in form of cow. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G211.1.4. Witch in form of sheep. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G211.1.5. Witch in form of goat. (Cf. G262.3.1.) U.S.: Baughman.
G211.1.6. Witch in form of hog. England, U.S., Wales: *Baughman.
G211.1.7. Witch in form of cat. (Cf. D142.) Fb ”kat“ II 107b, IV 255b; Tobler 42; Irish myth: Cross; England, Wales, U.S.: Baughman; North Carolina: Brown Collection I 659; Icelandic: *Boberg; Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 325 No. 15; German: Grimm No. 69; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. Nos. 167 – 172.
G211.1.8. Witch in form of dog. (Cf. D141.) *Fb ”heks“ I 581a; Tobler 41; Kittredge Witchcraft 176f. nn. 22 – 29; England: Baughman; Lithuanian: Balys Legends No. 438; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 173; West Indies: Flowers 441; S. A. Indian (Arawak of Surinam): Jijena Sanchez 23.
G211.2. Witch in form of wild beast.
G211.2.1. Witch in form of bear. (Cf. D113.2.) Fb ”heks“ I 581a.
G211.2.2. Witch in form of wolf. (Cf. D113.1.) Fb ”heks“; Icelandic: Snorra Edda Gylf. XII, *Boberg; Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 307 No. 31, 315 No. 124.
G211.2.3. Witch in form of fox. (Cf. D113.3.) Fb ”heks“ I 581a; U.S.: Baughman; Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 304 No. 25; Japanese: Anesaki 325f.
G211.2.4. Witch in form of deer. England, Scotland, U.S.: *Baughman; India: Thompson-Balys.
G211.2.4.1. Witch in form of stag. Irish myth: Cross; India: *Thompson-Balys.
G211.2.5. Witch in form of mouse. (Cf. D117.1.) Fb ”heks“ I 581a.
G211.2.6. Witch in form of rat. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G211.2.7. Witch in form of hare. (Cf. D123.) Fb ”hare“ I 556; Kittredge Witchcraft 179 nn. 45 – 49; Irish myth: Cross; England, Scotland, Wales, U.S.: Baughman.
G211.2.7.1. Witch as hare allows self to be coursed by dogs for pay or for sport. England, Ireland, Scotland, U.S., Wales: *Baughman.
G211.2.8. Witch as raccoon. U.S.: Baughman.
G211.2.9. Witch as hedgehog. England: *Baughman.
G211.2.10. Witch in form of bat. England: Baughman.
G211.3. Witch in form of domestic bird.
G211.3.1. Witch in form of hen. (Cf. D166.) *Fb ”höne“ I 750b; U.S.: Baughman.
G211.3.1.1. Witch in form of rooster. U.S.: Baughman.
G211.3.2. Witch in form of duck. (Cf. D165.) *Fb ”and“ IV 12b.
G211.3.3. Witch in form of goose (gosling). England: Baughman.
G211.4. Witch in form of wild bird. U.S.: *Baughman.
G211.4.1. Witch in form of crow. (Cf. D151.4.) Fb ”krage“ II 285b; U.S.: Baughman; India: Thompson-Balys.
G211.4.2. Witch in form of partridge. U.S.: Baughman.
G211.4.3. Witch in form of heath hen. U.S.: Baughman.
G211.4.4. Witch in form of owl. U.S.: Baughman.
G211.4.5. Witch in the form of buzzard. U.S.: Baughman.
G211.5. Witch in form of an insect.
G211.5.1. Witch in form of fly. (Cf. D185.) Fb ”flue“ I 315.
G211.5.2. Witch in form of bee. India: Thompson-Balys.
G211.5.3. Witch in form of beetle. U.S.: *Baughman.
G211.6. Witch in amphibian form.
G211.6.1. Witch in form of toad. (Cf. D196.) Fb ”tudse“ III 888b; England, Wales, U.S.: Baughman.
G211.6.2. Witch in form of crocodile. Africa: Stanley 100.
G211.7. Witch in form of fish.
G211.7.1. Witch in form of whale.1 North Carolina: Brown Collection I 644; Icelandic: Ketils saga H. 116, 131, Hjálmters saga ok Ölvers 507 – 08, Boberg.
G211.8. Witch in form of reptile.
G211.8.1. Witch in form of snake. England, U.S.: Baughman; Cheremis: Sebeok-Nyerges; India: *Thompson-Balys.
G211.9. Witch in form of mythical animal. Icelandic: *Boberg.
G211.9.1. Witch in form of dragon. (Cf. D119.2.). Icelandic: *Boberg.
G212. Witch in form of object. (Cf. D200.)
G212.1. Witch in form of blade of straw. Tobler 45; Wales: Baughman.
G212.2. Witch in form of cookstove. U.S.: Baughman.
G212.3. Witch in form of a scroll. England: Baughman.
G212.4. Witch in form of a tree. England: Baughman.
G212.5. Witch in form of ball of fire. (Cf. F491, E742.2.) England: Baughman.
G213. Witch with extraordinary eyes.
G213.1. One-eyed witch. Irish myth: *Cross; Icelandic: Boberg.
G213.2. Witch with red eyes. Danish: Kristensen Danske Sagn V (1897) 233ff., (1934) 188ff.; Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 325 No. 11.
G213.3. Witch with receding eyes. Irish myth: Cross.
G213.4. Witch with blazing eyes. Irish myth: Cross.
G214. Witch with extraordinary teeth.
G214.1. Witch with long teeth. Fb ”tand“ III 771ab; Hoffman-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 118; Irish myth: *Cross; German: Grimm No. 24.
G214.2. Witch with iron teeth. Hoffman-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 117.
G214.3. Witch with nine rows of teeth. Irish myth: Cross.
G214.4. Witch with twisted tusks (reaching to her shoulders). Irish myth: Cross.
G215. Witch extraordinary as to head.
G215.1. Seven-headed witch. Jamaica: *Beckwith MAFLS XVII 268 Nos. 79, 80.
G216. Witch with extraordinary feet.
G216.1. Witch with goose feet. *Hoffman-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 117f.
G217. Witch with enormous hands. India: Thompson-Balys.
G219. Form of witch – miscellaneous.
G219.1. Witch with iron members. *Hoffman-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 118 nn. 7 – 9.
G219.2. Witch (troll-woman) with beard. Fb ”mus“ II 631b.
G219.3. Witch has long nails. Irish myth: Cross.
G219.4. Witch with very long hair. Irish myth: Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg.
G219.5. Wrinkled witch. Irish myth: Cross.
G219.6. Witch is twisted, bony (has lumps on body). Irish myth: *Cross.
G219.7. Black witch. Icelandic: *Boberg.
G219.8. Tailed witch.
G219.8.1. Witch with fifteen tails. Icelandic: Corpus Poeticum Boreale I 357, Boberg.
G219.8.2. Witch with knife-like tail. Eskimo (West Hudson Bay): Boas BAM XV 183.
G219.9. Witch‘s back covered with nails and broken glass. Type 480; Roberts 169.
G220. Characteristics of witches.
G220.0.1. ”Black“ and ”white“ witches. Malevolent and benevolent. U.S.: Baughman.
G220.0.2. Sex of witches. Both men and women are called witches. England: *Baughman.
G221. Strength of witches.
G221.1. Strength of witches in hair. *Fb ”hår“ I 771b.
G221.1.1. Witch‘s hair has power to bind or to transform. *BP I 554; Scotch: Macdougall and Calder 231, 237, 239; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 68.
G221.2. Strength of witches depends on their touching earth. Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 316 No. 128.
G221.3. Witch has extraordinary bodily strength. (Cf. D1830, F610.) Irish myth: Cross; Icelandic: Boberg.
G221.3.1. Witch marks stone with finger marks. U.S.: Baughman.
G221.4. Witch cannot be hurt if she looks attacker in the face. Eskimo (Greenland): Rink 372.
G222. Luminous witches.
G222.1. When devil combs witches, sparks fly. Fb ”kjæmme“ II 148.
G222.2. Luminous witch-boat. Carries fishermen to bottom of sea. S. A. Indian (Araucanian): Alexander Lat. Am. 328.
G223. Head of beheaded witch mends if rubbed with salt. *Fb ”hoved“ I 654b.
G224. Source of witch’s magic. Spanish: Espinosa Jr. Nos. 151 – 159.
G224.1. Witch‘s charm opposite of Christian. Must be ”Without God and Holy Mary“ instead of ”With God, etc.“ (Cf. G224.5.) Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 84 No. *746, Espinosa Jr. Nos. 151, 153, 154; England, Ireland, Wales, U.S.: Baughman; West Indies: Flowers 441.
G224.2. Witch‘s salve. Source of magic power. *Fb ”salve“ III 151b; Irish myth: Cross; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 150 – 158.
G224.3. Witches get their powers from books. (Cf. D1266.) England, U.S., Wales: *Baughman.
G224.4. Person sells soul to devil in exchange for witch powers. (Cf. G281, M211, K210ff.) England, U.S.: *Baughman.
Witch‘s power received by altering religious ceremony. (Cf. G224.1.) Ireland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G224.6. Witch power acquired by standing on manure pile, swinging red lantern, looking over shoulder. U.S.: Baughman.
G224.7. Witch gets power by licking brew made from a serpent. (Cf. B217.1.1.) Scotland: Baughman.
G224.8. Person gets witch power by walking twelve times around a church backward at midnight. England: Baughman.
G224.9. Witch power is inherited. England: *Baughman.
G224.10. Witch power is transferred from one person to another. (Cf. D1751.) England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G224.11. Witch power from bone (”witch bone“).
G224.11.1. Witch bone from toad. England: *Baughman.
G224.11.2. Witch bone from cat. U.S.: Baughman.
G224.12. Word charm gives witch power. (Cf. D1273.) England, Scotland: *Baughman.
G224.13. Other sources of witch’s power.
G224.13.1. Witch uses bottle of horse-nail stumps to bewitch people. (Cf. D1274.1.) England: Baughman.
G224.14. Witches renew powers periodically. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G225. Witch‘s familiar spirit. Argentina: *Jijena Sanchez 73 – 114.
G225.0.1. Witch feeds animal familiar with her own blood. Kittredge Witchcraft 179 nn. 51 – 53; England: Baughman.
G225.0.2. Familiar is given to witch by devil when person becomes witch. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G225.0.3. Familiars do work for witch. England: Baughman.
G225.0.4. Bullets will not harm witch’s familiars. Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 81 (D1840).
G225.0.5. Familiar‘s abode is magician’s cellar. Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 85.
G225.0.5.1. Familiar‘s abode is hearth of magician. Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 84, 92.
G225.0.6. Familiar comes at nightfall and disappears at cockcrow. (Cf. E452.) Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 86f.
G225.0.7. Familiar to be fed on human meat. Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 88, 90.
G225.1. Insect as witch’s familiar. (Fly, bee, gnat, spider.) Kittredge Witchcraft 180 n. 54; Tobler 40; England: Baughman.
G225.2. Horse as witch‘s companion. *Howey 172ff.; Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 76, 87.
G225.3. Cat as servant of witch. Fb ”kat“ II 107; Kittredge Witchcraft 177f. n. 36; England, U.S.: Baughman; North Carolina: Brown Collection I 660, 664; Icelandic: Boberg.
G225.4. Toad as witch’s familiar. (Cf. G303.10.2.) Kittredge Witchcraft 182 nn. 76 – 87; England: Baughman; Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 76.
G225.5. Witch has an army of dragons, lions and bears. Icelandic: Þiðriks saga II 271 – 75, Boberg.
G225.6. Dog as witch‘s familiar. England: *Baughman; Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 76, 85; German: Grimm No. 85.
G225.7. Other animal as witch’s familiar. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G225.7.1. Magician‘s familiar a pig. Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 76.
G225.7.2. Magician’s familiar a viper. Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 76, 92.
G225.8. Minor devil or imp as witch‘s familiar. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G229. Characteristics of witches – miscellaneous.
G229.1. Soul of witch leaves the body. England, U.S.: Baughman; Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 315 No. 124.
G229.1.1. Witch who is out of skin is prevented from reentering it when person salts or peppers skin. (Cf. G275.8.1.) England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G229.2. Witch carries her children in her own body. Jamaica: *Beckwith MAFLS XVII 269 No. 82.
G229.3. Witches lack bread and salt. Fb ”salt“ III 148a.
G229.4. Invulnerability of witches. Irish myth: Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg.
G229.4.1. Witch can be killed only by certain lance. Irish myth: Cross.
G229.4.2. Witch can catch bullets and send them back. (Cf. G265. Lithuanian: Balys Historical.
G229.4.3. Witch‘s body does not bleed when stuck with sharp object. (Cf. G225.0.1, G273.6.) England: Baughman.
G229.4.4. Witch says her knees are beads (liver is lead, stomach is copper, or the like). Eskimo (West Hudson Bay): Boas BAM XV 312.
G229.5. Beautiful witch. (Cf. G264.) North Carolina: Brown Collection I 660; Icelandic: *Boberg.
G229.6. Witch’s body melts stone she sits on. England: Baughman.
G229.7. Blue lights follow witches. U.S.: *Baughman.
G229.8. Fire burns up and crackles when wizard passes fireplace. England: Baughman.
G230. Habitat of witches.
G231. Witch dwells on cliff. Hoffmann-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 119; Icelandic: Corpus Poeticum Boreale I 152, Boberg.
G232. Witch dwells on glass mountain. *Fb ”glasbjærg“ I 459 – 460, ”heks“ I 582.
G233. Witch lives in fairy mound. Irish myth: Cross.
G234. Witch resides in tree. India: Thompson-Balys.
G235. Witch lives in monastery. (Cf. G243.) India: Thompson-Balys.
G236. Witch lives in forest. German: Grimm Nos. 15, 60, 69, 123.
G240. Habits of witches.
G241. Witch rides. Icelandic: *Boberg.
G241.1. Witch rides on unusual animal.
G241.1.1. Witch rides on wolf. Fb ”ulv“ III 970a; Icelandic: Corpus Poeticum Boreale I 226, 146, *Boberg; North Carolina: Brown Collection I 654.
G241.1.2. Witch rides on goat. *Fb ”buk“ IV 77a; Kittredge Witchcraft 175 nn. 9 – 10; England: Baughman.
G241.1.3. Witch rides on dog. *Fb ”hund“ I 676b.
G241.1.4. Witch rides on cat. England: Baughman.
G241.1.4.1. Witch rides on black cat. Fb ”ride“ III 53a.
G241.1.5. Witch rides on whale. Icelandic: Boberg.
G241.1.6. Witch rides on cattle. Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 302.
G241.1.7. Witch rides on tiger. India: Thompson-Balys.
G241.2. Witch rides on person. Fb ”ride“ III 52b; North Carolina: Brown Collection I 649, 667; Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 302, Boberg.
G241.2.1. Witch transforms man to horse and rides him. *Fb ”hest“ I 599a; England, U.S.: Baughman; North Carolina: Brown Collection I 650; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3656; Livonian: Loorits FFC XVI 62 No. 157; Estonian: Aarne FFC XXV 130 No. 71; Icelandic: Sveinsson FFC LXXXIII No. 306I.
G241.2.1.1. Witch transforms person by means of magic bridle. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G241.2.2. Person enchanted by witch‘s salve so as to be ridden by witch. *Fb ”salve“ III 151a.
G241.3. Witch rides on horse. (Cf. G241.2.1.) Canada, England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G241.3.1. Witch rides on horses transformed from straw. U.S.: *Baughman.
G241.3.2. Witch rides horses through air. England: Baughman.
G241.3.3. Witch‘s horse or witch leaves mark on church steeple as he goes over. England: *Baughman.
G241.4. Witch rides on object.
G241.4.1. Witches ride on tubs using goose wings for oars. England: Baughman.
G241.4.2. Witches travel on water in eggshells. England. U.S.: *Baughman.
G241.4.3. Witch travels over water in a sieve or a riddle. England, Scotland: *Baughman; North Carolina: Brown Collection I 660.
G241.4.4. Witches ride on bee-hives. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3652.
G242. Witch flies through air. Kittredge Witchcraft 29; *Penzer II 104, IX 57 – 59; England, Scotland, U.S.: Baughman; Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 300f.; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. Nos. 150 – 56.
G242.1. Witch flies through air on broomstick. Kittredge Witchcraft 243, 547 n. 33; Fb ”lime“ II 430, ”limeskaft“ II 430f.; England, Scotland, Wales, U.S.: Baughman; Icelandic: *Boberg; Finnish-Swedish: Wessman 81f. Nos. 675, 683; Finnish: Aarne FFC XXXIII 48 No. 106; Estonian: Aarne FFC XXV 138 No. 106; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3651; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 156.
G242.1.1. Witch smears fat on brooms in preparation for flight. Fb ”fejd“; Penzer IX 45 n. 1; England, U.S.: Baughman; Finnish-Swedish: Wessman 81f. Nos. 675, 683.
G242.1.2. Witch rides stalk of broom (ragwort). England: *Baughman.
G242.2. Witch flies as whirlwind. Fb ”hvirvlevind“ I 707b.
G242.3. Witch flies through air on leaf. Irish myth: Cross.
G242.4. Witches ride tree through the air. India: *Thompson-Balys.
G242.5. Other objects that bear witches aloft. England: *Baughman.
G242.6. Witches use magic aids for flying. (See D1531, G242.1.1.)
G242.7. Person flying with witches makes mistake and falls. England, Scotland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G242.8. Person imitates witch by putting ointment in eye: eye blinded. (Cf. F361.3.) England: Baughman.
G243. Witch‘s sabbath. A meeting of witches in which church services are burlesqued. **Kittredge Witchcraft chapter XVI; Sahlgren Blåkulla och blåkullafärderna (Namn och Bygd 1915); Siebs Zs. f. Vksk. III 391; Schell ibid. IV 213; Gruessing ibid. III 172; *Fb ”heks“ I 580b, ”Bloksbjærg“ IV 49b, ”Troms kirke“ III 858b, 859ab, ”Sankt Hansdag“ III 161b, ”Valborg aften“ III 993a, ”kirke“ IV 258b. – England: Baughman; Icelandic: Boberg; Finnish-Swedish: Wessman 81 Nos. 673 – 675; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3651; Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 296 No. 23, 315 No. 128; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 151, 156, 157.
G243.1. Obeisance to devil at witch’s sabbath. England: Baughman; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. Nos. 151, 155, 156; West Indies: Flowers 444.
G243.1.1. Witches kiss devil‘s tail. Fb ”kysse“.
G243.2. Parody of church ceremony at witch’s sabbath. Kittredge Witchcraft 243.
G243.2.1. Witch‘s rosary consists of goat dung. Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 329 No. 54.
G243.3. Witches have sexual intercourse with devil or his minions. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G243.3.1. Witch gives birth to toads and snakes after union with devil. U.S.: Baughman.
G243.4. Witches worship demon. India: Thompson-Balys.
G244. Witch spins. *Hoffmann Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 120 nn. 5 – 8. Cf. Types 480, 501.
G244.1. Witch winds yarn. Irish myth: Cross.
G245. Witch bathes. Hoffmann-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 120 n. 3.
G245.1. Witch transforms self into snake when she bathes. Hoffman-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 117.
G246. Witches bake bread. Hoffmann-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 117, 119 n. 4.
G247. Witches dance. *Fb ”danse“ IV 93a; U.S.: Baughman; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. Nos. 150, 155 – 157, 171.
G247.1. Witches dance with devil at witch’s holiday. England: *Baughman.
G248. Witches feast on rich food and drink. England, Scotland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G248.1. Man joins feast of witches. (Cf. G242.7.) U.S.: *Baughman.
G249. Habits of witches – miscellaneous.
G249.1. Witches drive herds of deer. Scotch: Macdougall and Calder 239, 241, 255 – 57.
G249.2. Witches scream. Irish myth: Cross.
G249.3. Witch enters and leaves house by chimney. (Cf. F275, G242.1.) U.S.: *Baughman.
G249.4. Witch returns late home and leaves early. BP III 38; Icelandic: *Boberg.
G249.5. Witches boil cauldron of wizardry (cook dog). Irish myth: *Cross.
G249.6. Witch followed by husband; dies when discovered. (Cf. G252.) India: Thompson-Balys.
G249.7. Witches go through keyholes. (Cf. F304.3.) England: *Baughman.
G249.8. Witches open doors and windows. (Cf. E338.1.1.4.) England: Baughman.
G249.9. Witches vanish from prison. England: *Baughman.
G249.10. Witches can see in the dark. England: Baughman.
G249.10.1. Witches use eyes of animals to travel at night. They leave their own eyes at home, substitute those of an animal. (Cf. E781.1.) U.S.: *Baughman.
G249.11. Witches rock empty chairs. (Cf. F473.2.1.) U.S.: Baughman.
G250. Recognition of witches.
G250.1. Man discovers his wife is a witch. Papua: Ker 68.
G251. Witch recognized by seeing wandering soul return.
G251.1. Witch recognized by seeing wasp (beetle) enter her mouth while asleep. Only when it enters can she be awakened. Tobler 39f.; Finnish-Swedish: Wessman 83 No. 684.
G251.1.1. Separable soul of witch in parrot. (Cf. E732.) India: Thompson-Balys.
G251.2. Witch recognized when skin of witch is found with soul absent. (Cf. G229.1.1.) U.S.: *Baughman.
G252. Witch in form of cat has hand cut off: recognized next morning by missing hand. Taylor MPh XVII (1919) 59 n. 8; Wales, U.S.: *Baughman; North Carolina: Brown Collection I 660; Icelandic: Boberg; Lithuanian: Balys Index Nos. 3657, 3684; Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 304 No. 25, 307 No. 31, 325 Nos. 7, 15; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. Nos. 170, 171; Japanese: Ikeda; West Indies: Flowers 444.
G252.0.1. A cat in form of an old woman has hand cut off; recognized next morning by missing paw. Japanese: Ikeda.
G252.1. Witch killed as whale. She herself is sitting at home. Icelandic: Boberg.
G252.2. Goat‘s tongue pierced with sharp needle; consequently, witch is sick with pierced tongue. India: Thompson-Balys.
G252.3. Bird’s neck broken: rakshasa dies. India: Thompson-Balys.
G253. Witch‘s horns discovered by lousing her. Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 315 No. 128, 329 No. 53.
G254. Witch known by inability to rise from chair with four-leaf clover under it. *Fb ”heks“ I 581b.
G254.1. Witch cannot rise if ring lies under her chair. *Fb ”ring.“
G254.2. Witch known by inability to rise from chair with salt under cushion. (Cf. G271.3.) U.S.: Baughman.
G255. Witch known by hose unbound on one leg. Fb ”hosebånd“ I 650.
G257. Charms to cause witch to reveal herself. (Cf. G271.)
G257.1. Burning object forces witch to reveal herself: sympathetic magic. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G257.2. Reading Bible backwards causes witch to reveal herself. (Cf. D1985.2.) England: Baughman.
G257.3. Turning table, cutting notches in it causes witch to reveal herself. U.S.: Baughman.
G257.4. Taking tile from witch’s house forces her to reveal herself. England: Baughman.
G257.5. Person puts man‘s breeches over cow’s head; the cow stops in front of witch‘s house. England, Scotland: *Baughman.
G257.6. Person places three notched elder twigs under bowl. Witch is forced to remove them, thus revealing herself. England: Baughman.
G259. Witch recognition – miscellaneous methods. England: *Baughman.
G259.1. Witch recognized by looking in or through magic object. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G259.2. Witch recognized by odor. (Cf. G303.4.8.1, G303.6.3.4.) England: Baughman.
G259.3. Witch may be recognized by absence of bleeding when she is pricked with pins. England: Baughman.
G259.4. Witch may be recognized after death by great weight of corpse. (Cf. E400.) U.S.: Baughman.
G259.5. Witch stretches out her hand and brings water from ocean without getting out of her bed; is recognized. India: Thompson-Balys.
G260. Evil deeds of witches. *Kittredge Witchcraft passim; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3665; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. Nos. 160 – 171 passim.
G261. Witch steals children. *Type 710; *Hoffmann-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 121 n. 3; Krappe Balor 87ff.; Irish myth: *Cross; India: Thompson-Balys; Eskimo (Greenland): Rasmussen III 233.
G261.1. Witch steals child with hand through chimney. (Cf. G369.5.) Kittredge Arthur and Gorlagon (Harvard Studies and Notes in Philology and Literature VIII) 222ff.
G262. Murderous witch. Irish myth: *Cross; England, Scotland, U.S.: Baughman.
G262.0.1. Lamia. Witch who eats children. *Kittredge Witchcraft 224f, 532 nn. 104 – 108; India: Thompson-Balys, Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 588, II 407, 676; Papua: Ker 45, 64, 121, 141; Africa (Fang): Trilles 249, (Wachaga): Gutman 92.
G262.0.1.1. Lamia devours her lover. Kittredge Witchcraft 225, 532 n. 114.
G262.1. Witch sucks blood. Striges. *Kittredge Witchcraft 224f., 531f. nn. 103 – 114; England: Baughman; Icelandic: Boberg; India: Thompson-Balys.
G262.1.1. Witch’s cat as sucker of blood. Kittredge Witchcraft 178 n. 36.
G262.1.2. Witch sucks blood from woman‘s or child’s breasts. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G262.1.3. Witches suck blood from the navel of a child without anyone knowing it. India: Thompson-Balys.
G262.2. Witch eats person‘s entrails (heart). *Kittredge Witchcraft 225, 532 n. 113; India: Thompson-Balys.
G262.3. Witch in animal form kills.
G262.3.1. Witch in form of she-goat kills men. India: Thompson-Balys.
G262.3.2. Witch as cat causes death. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G262.4. Witch kills with aid of witch-ball (hair rolled in beeswax). The ball is sometimes found in the mouth of dead victims. U.S.: Baughman.
G262.5. Witch takes out man’s liver. India: Thompson-Balys.
G263. Witch injures, enchants or transforms. *Types 303, 442; BP I 528ff., III 9; Icelandic: *Boberg; Lithuanian: Balys Index Nos. 3654f., 3672ff.; Italian: Basile Pentamerone I No. 7, II No. 7; West Indies: Flowers 445.
G263.0.1. Witch (female demon) has persons she has enchanted as servants. India: Thompson-Balys.
G263.1. Witch transforms person to animal. (Cf. D100.) German: Grimm Nos. 11, 49, 69, 123, 141, 197; India: Thompson-Balys.
G263.1.0.1. Witch transforms her lovers into animals. Circe. *Krappe Balor 44ff.; *Anderson Hessische Blätter für Volkskunde XXVIII 212 n. 2; Gaster Oldest Stories 47.
G263.1.1. Witch transforms man to bear. Icelandic: Boberg.
G263.1.2. Witch transforms person to seal. Ireland: Baughman.
G263.1.3. Witch transforms man to cow. India: Thompson-Balys.
G263.1.4. Witch transforms husband into dog. India: Thompson-Balys.
G263.1.5. Witch transforms man to bird.
G263.1.5.1. Witch transforms man to crow. India: Thompson-Balys.
G263.1.5.2. Witch transforms man to dove. N. A. Indian (Zuñi): Benedict 344.
G263.2. Witch transforms man to object. (Cf. D200.)
G263.2.1. Witch transforms to stone. German: Grimm No. 60, 85; India: Thompson-Balys.
G263.2.1.1. Witch transforms man into soapstone. U.S.: Baughman; India: Thompson-Balys.
G263.2.2. Witch transforms man to tree. German: Grimm No. 123.
G263.3. Witch causes other transformation.
G263.3.1. Witch transforms townspeople into witches. French Canadian: Sister Marie Ursule.
G263.3.2. Witch transforms girl into man. U.S.: Baughman.
G263.4. Witch causes sickness. (Cf. D2064.) Icelandic: *Boberg; England, Scotland, Wales, U.S.: Baughman; N. A. Indian (Zuñi): Benedict 344.
G263.4.0.1. Illness caused by curse of witch. England: Baughman.
G263.4.1. Witch causes toothache. England: *Baughman.
G263.4.2. Witch causes fits. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G263.4.3. Witch cripples or lames through illness. (Cf. G269.11.) England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G263.4.4. Witch makes person dumb. England: Baughman.
G263.4.5. Witch makes person blind. German: Grimm No. 135.
G263.5. Witch revives dead. (Cf. E0.) Icelandic: *Boberg; Jewish: *Neuman.
G263.6. Witchcraft causes maiden to hate lover. Irish myth: Cross.
G263.7. Witch causes insanity. England, Scotland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G263.8. Witch makes person lousy. England: Baughman.
G264. La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Witch entices men with offers of love and then deserts or destroys them. Hartland Science 71; Huet Contes Populaires 47; Irish: MacCulloch Celtic 172; Scotch: Macdougall and Calder 259; India: *Thompson-Balys; Japanese: Mitford 243ff., 254ff., 275ff.; Korean: Zong in-Sob 74, 100; Marquesas: Handy 48; N. A. Indian (Micmac): Parsons JAFL XXXVIII 94 No. 26, (Seneca): CurtinHewitt RBAE XXXII 402 No. 71, 425 No. 79, 485 No. 105, (Fox): Owen PFLS LI 87, (Yurok): Powers CNAE III 59, (Anvik): Chapman PAES VI 67 No. 11; Africa (Ekoi): Talbot 251.
G264.0.1. Ogress bathes in pool, is transformed into beautiful maiden, and becomes king‘s favorite wife. India: Thompson-Balys.
G264.1. Woman is death of all who behold her. Indo-Chinese: Scott Indo-Chinese 267.
G264.2. Witch’s kisses disfigure person. Irish myth: Cross; India: *Thompson-Balys.
G264.3. Female ogre seduces men with charm (words). India: Thompson-Balys.
G264.3.1. Witch disguised becomes queen, devours king‘s horses nightly. India: Thompson-Balys.
G264.4. Fairy-like witch marries man and causes him misfortune. Irish myth: *Cross.
G265. Witch abuses property.
G265.1. Witch scatters tools at night. Scotch: Macdougall and Calder 263.
G265.2. Witch drowns foal. Scotch: Macdougall and Calder 251.
G265.3. Witch rides horse at night. Howie 174ff.; *Kittredge Witchcraft 219, 527 n. 66; North Carolina: Brown Collection I 650, 667; Icelandic: Boberg; Lithuanian: Balys Index Nos. 3657, 3683f.; India: Thompson-Balys.
G265.3.1. Witch’s hair on horse becomes iron. *Fb ”hår“ I 771b.
G265.4. Witches cause disease or death of animals. Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 302.
G265.4.0.1. Witch punishes owner for injury or slight by killing his animals. (Cf. G269.10.) England, Scotland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G265.4.1. Witch causes death of animals. England, Scotland, Wales, U.S.: *Baughman.
G265.4.2. Witch causes illness of animals. (Cf. D2066) England, Scotland, U.S., Canada: *Baughman.
G265.5. Witch maims animals. England, Scotland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G265.6. Witch causes animals to behave unnaturally.
G265.6.1. Witch causes pigs to behave unnaturally. U.S.: Baughman.
G265.6.1.1. Witch causes pigs to dance. England: Baughman.
G265.6.2. Witch causes cattle to behave unnaturally. U.S.: Baughman.
G265.6.2.1. Witch causes cattle to run about wildly. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G265.6.3. Witch causes horse to behave unnaturally. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G265.6.4. Witch causes dog to behave unnaturally. U.S.: Baughman.
G265.6.4.1. Witch causes dog to dance on hind legs. U.S.: Baughman.
G265.7. Witch controls actions of animals. (Cf. D2072.0.2, D2083.2.) England, Scotland, Ireland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G265.8. Witch bewitches objects. (Cf. D2072, D2081, D2087.1, D2071.0.2.)
G265.8.1. Witch bewitches household articles. (Cf. D2083.3, D2083.4., D2084.1, D2084.2.) England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G265.8.2. Witch bewitches clothing. U.S.: Baughman.
G265.8.3. Witch bewitches implements and machinery. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G265.8.3.1. Witch bewitches gun.
G265. Gun bewitched so that it will not hit target. Canada, U.S.: *Baughman.
G265. Witch throws bullets back at shooter. (Cf. F473.6.5, G229.4.2.) England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G265.8.3.2. Witch bewitches wagon. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G265.8.4. Object bewitched – miscellaneous.
G265.8.4.1. Witch causes hangman‘s rope to dance so that it cannot be tied to hang her. U.S.: Baughman.
G265.8.4.2. Witch bewitches goose eggs so that they do not hatch. U.S.: Baughman.
G265.8.5. Witch bewitches buildings. U.S.: *Baughman.
G265.9. Witches ruin crop. (Cf. G283.) North Carolina: Brown Collection I 667; Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 302.
G265.9.1. Witch kills balsam plant after owner refuses to give some to the witch. England: Baughman.
G265.10. Witches bewitch trees.
G265.10.1. Witches shake fruit off trees to punish owner. U.S.: Baughman.
G266. Witches steal. (Cf. D2087, K300.)
G266.1. Invisible witches steal goods in market. (Cf. F235.4.1.) England: Baughman.
G267. Man pursued by witches. N. A. Indian (Zuñi): Benedict 342, 344.
G269. Evil deeds of witches – miscellaneous.
G269.1. Witch begs man to scratch her back: kills him. (Cf. G262.) Fb ”kjælling“ II 146b.
G269.1.1. Witch pretends sickness and kicks helper into pit. India: Thompson-Balys.
G269.2. Witch asks for snuff so that she may seize man. He offers it to her on point of spear and escapes. Scotch: Macdougall and Calder 229, 243, 245, 261.
G269.3. Witch harnesses man and leads him to dance. Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 315 No. 124.
G269.3.1. Witch rides man to dance. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 650.
G269.4. Curse by disappointed witch. Type 410; England, Scotland, Wales, U.S.: Baughman; North Carolina: Brown Collection I 643f.; Philippine: Fansler MAFLS XII 303.
G269.4.1. Curse by other angry ogres or ogresses. Icelandic: *Boberg.
G269.5. Witch causes haunted houses. Kittredge Witchcraft 214, 521, 523, nn. 1 – 6, 18.
G269.6. Witch eats up visitor’s bow. India: *Thompson-Balys.
G269.7. Witch estranges brothers. Eskimo (Greenland): Rink 111.
G269.8. Ship wrecked by witch. (Cf. F420. Icelandic: Corpus Poeticum Boreale I 152; India: Thompson-Balys.
G269.9. Witch cuts steaks from hero‘s body. French Canadian: Sister Marie Ursule.
G269.10. Witch punishes person who incurs her ill will. (Cf. G265.4.) England, Scotland, U.S., Wales: *Baughman.
G269.10.1. Witch kills person as punishment. (Cf. D2060ff.) England, Scotland: *Baughman.
G269.11. Witch causes deformity. (Cf. G263.4.3.)
G269.11.1. Witch causes person to become hunchbacked. England: Baughman.
G269.11.2. Witch causes person’s arm to wither. U.S.: Baughman.
G269.12. Witch causes person to break limbs. England: Baughman.
G269.12.1. Witch breaks bridegroom‘s leg when slighted by bride. England: Baughman.
G269.13. Witch causes person to fall from height. Scotland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G269.14. Witch causes person to be burned. England: Baughman.
G269.15. Witch scratches person. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G269.16. Witch causes gun to explode, injuring person. England: Baughman.
G269.17. Invisible witch sticks victim with pins. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G269.18. Witch pushes man around on floor (witch is invisible). U.S.: Baughman.
G269.19. Witches as ducks pinch victim. U.S.: Baughman.
G269.20. Witch prevents woman from putting one foot on floor. U.S.: Baughman.
G269.21. Witch torments person by making him act in ridiculous manner.
G269.21.1. Witch causes person to break wind in presence of others. U.S.: *Baughman.
G269.21.2. Witch causes person to mew like cat and neigh like horse. England: Baughman.
G269.21.3. Witch causes man to strip naked and imitate a jockey riding himself. England: Baughman.
G269.22. Witch makes girl believe her lover has ass’s head. England: Baughman.
G269.23. Witch causes lovers on stile to think they are surrounded by water. England: Baughman.
G269.24. Witch makes man believe a dead bull is alive and chasing him. U.S.: Baughman.
G269.25. Witch causes person to spin around on bedpost. U.S.: Baughman.
G269.26. Witch stands person on her head. U.S.: Baughman.
G270. Witch overcome or escaped.
G271. Witch exorcised.
G271.1. Witch exorcised by burning stick. Fb ”kjæp“ II 151a.
G271.2. Witch exorcised by use of religious ceremony, object, or charm. (Cf. D2176.3.2.)
G271.2.1. Sign of the cross marked on bewitched object breaks witch spell. (Cf. G273.1.) Icelandic: Boberg.
G271.2.1.1. Cross marked on horn and forehead of cow causes bewitched cow to give normal amount of milk. Canada, U.S.: *Baughman.
G271.2.2. Witch exorcised by holy water. Irish myth: Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg.
G271.2.3. Name of deity breaks witch’s spell. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G271.2.4. Priestly exorcism for witch. England: Baughman.
G271.2.5. Bible used in exorcism of witch. England: *Baughman.
G271.2.6. Dust from communion table breaks spell. England: Baughman.
G271.3. Use of salt in exorcism of witch. (Cf. G254.2, G272.16.) England: *Baughman.
G271.4. Exorcism by use of sympathetic magic. (Cf. D1782, D2063.1.1.)
G271.4.1. Exorcism by burning object for sympathetic magic. (Cf. G257.1) Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, U.S., Wales: *Baughman.
G271.4.2. Exorcism by injuring image of witch. Canada. U.S.: *Baughman.
G271.4.3. Breaking spell by destroying image of victim used by the witch in torturing the victim. U.S.: *Baughman.
G271.4.4. Breaking spell on animal by bleeding or maiming animal. Witch suffers same loss or injury. U.S.: *Baughman.
G271.4.5. Breaking spell by beating the person or object bewitched. This injures the witch. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G271.4.6. Breaking spell by sticking sharp object into tracks of witch. This pains or paralyzes her. England, Wales: *Baughman.
G271.4.7. Breaking spell by burying bottle of water, preventing witch from urinating until the bottle is emptied. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G271.4.8. Breaking spell by shooting bewitched object. U.S.: Baughman.
G271.4.9. Breaking spell on animal by pulling three hairs from tail. U.S.: Baughman.
G271.4.10. Breaking spell by burying animal alive. England: Baughman.
G271.4.11. Breaking spell on cream by holding churn handle hard against bottom of churn. This paralyzes the witch. (Cf. D2084.2.) England: Baughman.
G271.5. Exorcism by violent treatment of the witch in person. England, U.S., Wales: *Baughman.
G271.6. Exorcism of witch by countercharm. England, Ireland, Scotland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G271.7. Exorcism of witch by special burial practice. England: *Baughman.
G271.8. Exorcism by means of ghoulish charm. (Cf. D1278.) See Kittredge Witchcraft 141 – 51; England: Baughman.
G271.9. Sick child from witchcraft is put on anvil; smith strikes violently but brings hammer down gently, three times. England: Baughman.
G271.10. Person removes string with thirteen knots from child‘s mouth. U.S.: Baughman.
G272. Protection against witches.
G272.1. Steel powerful against witches. Fb ”stål“ III 647a; England, U.S.: Baughman.
G272.2. Magic herb protects from witch. *Penzer VIII 56 n. 2; North Carolina: Brown Collection I 667; West Indies: Flowers 446.
G272.2.1. Rowan wood (quicken, etc.) protects against witches. Canada, England, Scotland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G272.2.2. Witchhazel used for protection against witches. England, Ireland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G272.2.3. Hawthorn used as protection against witches. England: Baughman.
G272.2.4. Bay leaves used as protection against witches. U.S.: Baughman.
G272.3. Knife in bed as protection against witches. *Fb ”heks“ I 581a; England: Baughman.
G272.4. Fires burnt in streets to ward off witches. Fb. ”heks“ I 581a.
G272.5. Protection from witch by spitting. Fb ”heks“ I 581b; England, Ireland: Baughman.
G272.6. Sieve as protection against witches. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 650.
G272.7. Object across door protects from witch. England, U.S.: *Baughman (G256.)
G272.7.1. Beam across door protects from witch. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 645.
G272.7.2. Broom across door protects from witch. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 653.
G272.8. Pouring water on fire from new cup protects from witch. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 653.
G272.9. Reversing the poker protects from witch. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 653.
G272.10. Stopped bottle as protection against witches. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 647.
G272.11. Horseshoe hung up as protection against witches. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 650.
G272.12. Straws as protection against witch. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 650.
G272.13. Stone with a hole through it protects against witches. (Hagstone) England: *Baughman.
G272.14. Witch kept under control by means of a magic iron nail driven in her head. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 651.
G272.15. Witch controlled by means of magic spells. India: Thompson-Balys.
G272.16. Salt protects against witches. (Cf. G271.3, G254.2.)
G272.16.1. Salt put into churn before churning to protect cream from witch. (Cf. D2084.2.) England: *Baughman.
G272.17. Burning thatch from home of witch protects against witch. England: *Baughman.
G272.18. Grass from new grave protects against witches. England: Baughman.
G273. Witch rendered powerless.
G273.1. Witch powerless when one makes sign of cross. (Cf. G271.2.1.) Fb ”heks“ I 581b; England, Ireland, Wales: Baughman; Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 304 No. 33; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 116; Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 82, 87.
G273.1.1. Witch powerless from lightbeam sent by saint. Icelandic: Boberg.
G273.2. Witch powerless when person speaks before she does. Fb ”heks“ I 581a.
G273.3. Witch powerless at cockcrow. Scotch: Macdougall and Calder 261, 307; Finnish-Swedish: Wessman 83 No. 686.
G273.4. Witch powerless to cross stream. *Fb ”vand“ III 1001a; England: Baughman.
G273.4.1. If witch grabs horse‘s tail on bridge, man is safe from her. Fb ”bro“ IV 62b. Cf. Burns’s ”Tam O‘Shanter.“
G273.5. Witches powerless at crossroads. Fb ”korsvej“ II 277.
G273.5.1. Witch burned by furrows drawn round her home. Icelandic: Boberg.
G273.6. Witch rendered powerless by drawing blood from her. England, Scotland, U.S.: *Baughman.
G273.7. Objects driven into tracks of witch immobilize her. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G273.7.1. Straw driven into witch‘s track immobilizes her. England: Baughman.
G273.7.2. Steel driven into witch’s track immobilizes her. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G274. Witch snared.
G274.1. Witch snared by setting out milk. Witches attracted by milk. Jamaica: *Beckwith MAFLS XVII 267 No. 74.
G275. Witch defeated. Irish myth: *Cross; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 68.
G275.1. Witch carried off by devil. *Kittredge Witchcraft 43, *397f. nn. 164 – 167; England, Wales: Baughman.
G275.1.1. Witch carried off by devil‘s crew. Irish myth: Cross.
G275.2. Witch overcome by helpful dogs of hero. Type 303; Irish myth: Cross; Scotch: Macdougall and Calder 231, 237, 239.
G275.3. Witch burned. *Fb ”ild“ II 12b, ”brænde“ IV 69a; Irish myth: Cross; Icelandic: Boberg; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3664; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 161; India: Thompson-Balys; Japanese: Ikeda.
G275.3.0.1. Witch can be destroyed only by burning her to death. India: Thompson-Balys.
G275.3.1. Witch burned by burning bewitched animal. *Kittredge Witchcraft 95ff., 426ff. nn. 155 – 172.
G275.3.2. Witch’s heart (lungs, stomach) impossible to burn. Lithuanian: Balys Historical.
G275.4. Seven-headed witch defeated by throwing egg at each head. Jamaica: *Beckwith MAFLS XVII 268 Nos. 79, 80.
G275.4.1. Witch killed, as egg with her soul is crushed against her forehead. Icelandic: Boberg.
G275.5. Witch forced to divulge her secret powers. Africa (Bondei): Woodward FL XXXVI 367ff. No. 12.
G275.5.1. Witch bribed to divulge her secret powers. Africa (Kordofan): Frobenius Atlantis IV 101ff. No. 11.
G275.6. Witch surrendered by sons. Irish myth: Cross.
G275.7. Witch bound and beaten. Irish myth: Cross.
G275.7.1. Witch beheaded. French Canadian: Sister Marie Ursule.
G275.8. Hero kills witch. Irish myth: *Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg.
G275.8.1. Witch killed by placing salt or pepper inside skin while it is laid aside. (Cf. G229.1.1.) South Carolina Negro: Parsons MAFLS XVI 63.
G275.8.2. Witch overcome by help of fairy. (Cf. N815.) French Canadian: Sister Marie Ursule.
G275.9. Fighting and wrestling with witch. Icelandic: *Boberg.
G275.10. Witch as participater in battle. Icelandic: *Boberg.
G275.11. Witches punished in hell. Irish myth: *Cross.
G275.12. Witch in the form of an animal is injured or killed as a result of the injury to the animal. (Cf. G252, G275.14.) Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, U.S., Wales: *Baughman.
G275.13. Rough treatment of object causes injury or death to witch. Canada, England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G275.14. Witch out of body while traveling at night is injured; witch‘s body is injured at home. (Cf. G275.12.) U.S.: *Baughman.
G275.15. Witch overcome by threats. India: Thompson-Balys.
G275.15.1. Witch overcome by threatening with sword. India: Thompson-Balys.
G276. Escape from witch. Japanese: Ikeda.
G276.1. Hen put in witch’s hair to scratch while maid escapes. Fb ”höne“ I 750b, ”klø“ II 202b, ”kylling“ II 347.
G277. Testing of witches. **Hertz Aus Dichtung und Saga 198ff.; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3664.
G278. Death of witch.
G278.1. Marvelous manifestations at death of witch. North Carolina: Brown Collection 386.
G279. Witch overcome or escaped – miscellaneous.
G279.1. Overpowered witch-maid commits suicide. India: Thompson-Balys.
G279.2. Theft from witch.
G279.2.1. Gold stolen from witch. India: Thompson-Balys.
G280. Witches – miscellaneous motifs.
G281. Consecrated wafer kept in mouth in order to be a witch. Kittredge Witchcraft 149, 469 n. 105; England, U.S.: Baughman.
G281.1. Witch gives away consecrated wafer after service. (Cf. H1292.4.1.) England: *Baughman.
G282. Witches punish lazy spinning women. *Hoffman-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 120 n. 6.
G283. Witches have control over weather. *Kittredge Witchcraft 152ff., 472ff. nn. 1ff.; Icelandic: *Boberg; Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 295 No. 14, 307 No. 28.
G283.1. Witch raises winds.
G283.1.1. Methods witch uses to raise wind. (Cf. D2142.0.1.2, D2142.1.5.)
G283.1.2. Reason why witch raises wind.
G283.1.2.1. Witch raises contrary wind to keep ship in port. Ireland, U.S.: Baughman.
G283.1.2.2. Witch raises wind to aid becalmed boat. Scotland: Baughman.
G283.1.2.3. Witch raises wind to sink ships of people who have injured her. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G283.1.2.4. Witch raises wind to winnow grain. U.S.: Baughman.
G283.1.2.5. Witch raises wind to blow man‘s fleeces away. U.S.: Baughman.
G283.1.2.6. Witch raises wind to break up enemy’s lumber pound. England: Baughman.
G283.1.3. Witch sells power to control winds. (Cf. D2142.0.1.1, D1541.1.) England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G283.2. Witch keeps winds from blowing. (Cf. D2142.1.)
G283.2.1. Witch keeps wind from blowing by putting cat under barrel. (Cf. D2142.1.5.) U.S.: Baughman.
G283.3. Witch produces rain or snow. (Cf. D2143.)
G283.4. Witch produces clear weather. U.S.: Baughman.
G284. Witch as helper. Fb ”heks“ I 582; Icelandic: *Boberg; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 76, 136, 140, 141, 178; Hindu: Tawney II 608; West Indies: Flowers 447.
G285. Witches avoid religious ceremonies. Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 165.
G285.1. At communion witches spit out wine over shoulder. Fb ”heks“ I 580.
G286. Initiation into witchcraft. Icelandic: *Boberg; Danish: Kristensen Danske Sagn IV (1901) 144ff., (1936) 230ff.; India: *Thompson-Balys.
G286.1. Women learn witchcraft by masking as men. Hence women are witches. India: Thompson-Balys.
G287. Witches married to fairies. India: Thompson-Balys.
G288. Witch escapes from locked room. India: Thompson-Balys.
G291. Witch executed for engaging in witchcraft. England, U.S.: *Baughman.
G292. Witch makes man engage in dangerous contests. N. A. Indian (Zuñi): *Benedict 345.
G299. Other witch motifs.
G299.1. Witch calls up spirits of dead, causes them to walk on water. (Cf. E380.) U.S.: Baughman.
G299.2. Witch is heard struggling with devil. (Cf. G303.6.2.2.) England: Baughman.

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