The Wart Charmer
Recently my great aunt passed away. In her early nineties, she lived a full and productive life. The sister of my grandfather, I remember visits with her as a child and even more so as an adult. She was outspoken and quite political. She had a quick wit and loved Little Debbie cakes.
She was also a wart charmer.
This wasn't something that I knew about her, until a few years ago. My father let it slip during conversation and then seemed surprised that I didn't know. How would I know? That isn't something that just comes up in regular conversation. He told me that she had removed warts for him, as a boy. She held the affected area and asked him if he believed. After saying he did, there was no more to it. No prayers, incantations, or bible verses. His wart went away, shortly thereafter.
She died without any children and I have to admit that I wonder if she passed her skill forward to another family member. Warts can also be bought and conjured, along with other types of healing. This type of folklore/magic/cure interests me more as I continue to delve into Appalachian culture. Here is an article of interest with information on cures and conjuring from The Irish Times. Just the place where so many of Appalachian traditions originated.
Do you have any wart charmers, conjurers, or healers in your family?