American Folk Magic Traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch and Appalachia

Explore two folk magic traditions struggling to stay alive-the Pennsylvania Dutch and Appalachian. American folk magic traditions are found among two disparate groups, the Amish/Mennonite community, and Appalachia. The Christian folk magic brought over from Germany was augmented to the New World into the Pow Wow among the Amish. In Appalachia, immigrants to America, escaped enslaved people, and Native Americans shared their stories and healing practices to create what some call backwoods witchcraft and conjure.

Course runs: Jun 12-Jul 9

Course meetings: Fridays 6-7:00 PM ET

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Francesca Tronetti, Ph.D., Department of Theology & Religious History

Professor: Francesca Tronetti, Ph.D.-received her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is an ordained reverend in the Cybeline faith, a revivalist pagan church located in upstate New York. Tronetti has written articles for the Return to Mago E-zine and is currently working on an ethnology manuscript on contemporary Pagan groups in the United States. The manuscript is based on her doctoral work and covers the founding and growth of the Maetreum of Cybele. She is a devoted scholar and on the editorial board of the new journal S/HE: An International Journal of Goddess Studies.