Graveyard Dirt / Dust

Graveyard Dirt or Dust is a powerful ingredient in magical Spells, especially of an evil nature.

A 19th-century account from rural America records a man’s testimony that he believed that he was the victim of a spell cast with the help of graveyard dirt and other ingredients combined in a charm bag buried under the threshold of his front door. To break the spell, he spread red pepper around his home to purify it and immediately consulted a root doctor, a man skilled in herbal magic. The man said:

I opened the bag and found some small roots about an inch long, some black hair, a piece of snake skin, and some graveyard dirt, dark-yaller, right off some coffin. . . . Only root doctors can git the graveyard dirt, they know what kind to git and when, the hants [ghosts] won’t let everybody get it, they must git it through some kind of spell, for the graveyard dirt works trouble ’til it gits back into the ground, and then [the spell] wears off. It must git down to the same depth it was took from, that is as deep as the coffin lid was from the surface of the ground.



The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley Copyright © 2006 by Visionary Living, Inc.