Evolution of Great Superstition’s

Evolution of Great Superstition’s

The Black Plague ( 1342,45, on wards)


The Greatest Catastrophe in the human history occurred sometimes in between the 13th and 14th century, it spread throughout the Mediterranean and Europe, and wiped off more than 60% of the population killing millions of people. The exact year and cause of this enigma still remains controversial and lacks reliable statistics. At the time when the Black Plague played havoc and the whole of Europe was in severe grip of this deadly contagious disease, people were tremendously sickened,  and dismayed to such great extent that whoever suggested any possible method, or technique to safe guard from the lethal virus, the victims would quickly adopt the methods. Among the treatments and remedies much superstition evolved. The aftermath of the plague created a series of religious, social and economic upheavals. Even the great healers had no perceptible rejoinder to the crisis because no one knew its cause, or how it spread. The mechanism of infection and transmission of diseases was little understood.  In the 14th century an English writer, Daniel Defoe related that in London during the Black Plague, Amulets with inscription, ‘ABRACADABRA’ were worn to keep away the disease. This Magician’s word ‘ ABRACADABRA’  is most likely derived from ancient  sorcerer’s spell which the historians traced from early Medieval Times.

Superstition’s & Remedies of Black Plague


A favorite method of Pope Clement THE SIXTH was to sit between two great fires.

Rubbing perfumes and scented oils over all the walls and furniture of household.

Killing all Swallows, as these birds were believed to carry the disease.

Writing the word ‘ Arsenic’ on a piece of parchment , or wearing it around the neck in lockets as there was firm believe that, Arsenic had plague repelling properties.

In Holland thousand of anti plague pipes were manufactured for smoking tobacco this idea may not have been entirely erroneous since the smoke kept away the plague bearing flies.

Breaking up the air with loud noises in order to dissolve the static vapors. And later in the seventeenth centaury this ritual was carried out during the out breaks of plague by shot offs of cannon’s and musketeers.

Washing body with goat’s urine. According to a contemporary expert the urine is highly preventive and in particular more effective when drunk.

Applying the entrails of a new born pigeon, or a young poppy on the forehead.

Placing a piece of warm bread on the mouth of a dying person in order to absorb the lethal vapors.

Drinking rd vine in which new steel had been cooled.

Spider webs were considered to absorb all noxious miasmas; therefore spiders were kept inside households.

Placing pigs near a dying person of plague so their smell would heal the person

Placing a dried toad over the plague boil, was a notion derived by the great medieval physician Paracelsus who suggested that ‘Toads which have been dried thoroughly in the air, or sun should be laid on the boil, that way it will swell and draw the poison out of plague victim through the skin itself and later when full should be replaced by a new one.

Standing close to latrines and inhaling the stench

Letting birds fly in the sickroom so they absorb the poison in the air and keep the vapors in circulation.

Blistering the thighs with burning herbs & surgical instruments and the wounds resulting were kept open by artificial means and fresh butter was rubbed in the hope that all toxins would drain with melting butter.  

By aisha20bc

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