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Drawing upon folklore and other texts, and private communication from actual Toadmen, the author describes the practice of Toadmanry and places it in the context of the toad in folklore, alchemy, medicine and European religion. The Toadmen were a clandestine rural fraternity famed for their mysterious powers, including the control over horses. The author first learnt of thDrawing upon folklore and other texts, and private communication from actual Toadmen, the author describes the practice of Toadmanry and places it in the context of the toad in folklore, alchemy, medicine and European religion. The Toadmen were a clandestine rural fraternity famed for their mysterious powers, including the control over horses. The author first learnt of their powers from his grandmother as she recounted an incident from when she was a girl. She had heard how the horse-and-trap of a squire unpopular with the farm workers was "resisted" i.e. stopped dead, so the horse would not be budge. The place chosen was a level crossing, where the road crossed a railway track. The horse-and-trap was run down by the Granville Special Express, a fast boat train, and the squire killed. Such is the reputation of the Toadmen, who would both heal and hex, and whose path was considered particularly perilous....

Title : The Toadman
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ISBN : 35301280
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 283 Pages
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