One of my businesses is a thrift store. My manager found this in a lot she bought. She knows I like African art and collect religious/magical artifacts. Thought this might interest me.
The doll is a wax candle. Not sure if the head was originally in the "hanged" position or was put there by the "practitioner". The strips of paper tied to the figure contain original signatures and appear to have been cut off some kind of documents.
Voodu? High Magick? Low Magick? Qabalistic Ceremonial Magick? A joke?
Apparently the ensemble was placed in the mailing box and left for someone to open. There are no markings on the outside of the box. It was not mailed.
Bet it scared the crap out of someone!
Ok here is my take on it - This is obviously the work of some freelancer as it mixes high magick and low in a way no lodge member or Wiccan would. A little bit Qabala, a little bit vodou, a little bit witchcraft.
It seems to be a binding spell of some sort with the intent to do harm to those named.
The glyph is Qabalistic in nature straight out of the Lesser Keys of Solomon. It's the Third Pentacle of Mars. (good for you, @ru bis) "It is of great value for exciting war, wrath, discord and hostility; also for resisting enemies and striking terror in resisting Spirits; the Names of God the All Powerful are there-in expressly marked."
Letters of the names Eloah and Shaddai. In the center the letter Vau, the signature of the Qabalistic Microprosopus, the revealed face of God.
I have a local friend who may want it. If not, I will burn it. Fire purifies.
answered 07 Jun '13, 18:07
My immediate thought was a hoodoo/conjure worker, that's what it looks like to me. They are "notorious" for using pentacles of solomon or ones from 6th and 7th books of Moses occasionally (it also fits considering you live in the southern states). Is there anything written on the back of the pentacle?
I've never really seen a wax figure shaped like that deliberately from creation - although it could happen. From the pictures you give though, it looks more to me like the figure has simply become warped, probably due to being in a box somewhere when the temperature was high.
It's unlikely the box was ever intended to be delivered - and certainly not through the mail system. It's more likely it was supposed to be buried somewhere in a mock funeral way.
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