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A magical doll (also known as ritual effigies, voodoo dolls, Kolossos and Kolossoi) made for the purpose of spell-casting and/or ritual magic in Witchcraft and Voodoo.

Poppets are usually made to represent someone or something that for some reason is not present at the ritual performance, or it is the object of the spell-casting.

If the spell is a curse, the poppet is either pierced with pins, nails or shards, bound with cord, covered with hot candle wax or hung by the neck. This actions are supposed to bring death, misfortune, illness, or to bind and stop someone from a particular activity.


49 posted on 08/23/2004 8:04:47 AM PDT by Helms ( And the Sand-Monkeys saw that the Sand had become Glass and the light shown as from Two Suns)
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To: Helms
A magical doll (also known as ritual effigies, voodoo dolls, Kolossos and Kolossoi) made for the purpose of spell-casting and/or ritual magic in Witchcraft and Voodoo.

Right word; wrong definition. (... or, rather, a decidedly archaic one...!) :)

"Poppet" also means "small child" (see the Middle English derivation, at the dictionary site referenced)... and: that's how I meant it -- plainly, I think -- in context.

Sorry to have alarmed you. Not intentional, that. :)

52 posted on 08/23/2004 8:20:26 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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