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Fever Dolls

by Elizabeth Yetter

In European folk magic dolls were used for many purposes. For instance, dolls were used to represent a goddess, such as Bride, during seasonal observances.Dolls were also used in love magic to bring two people together and for protection to bind people from doing harm. Less known are the dolls that were used for healing. Fever dolls act as scapegoats. They were made out of whatever material was on hand, and kept overnight under the pillow of a feverish child. In the morning, the fever doll was removed from the home and given a mock burial. By doing this, the fever, which moved into the doll overnight, would also be buried with the doll.

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