Collection of Latvian Charms

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Collection of Latvian Charms
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Buramo vārdu krājums

The Collection of Latvian Charms, gathered from various places around Latvia, were submitted to the Archives of Latvian Folklore mostly in the 1920s and 1930s; a number of exhibits were also contributed after 1991. The collection consists mainly of original, small-format, handmade books, or also a copy or transcript of the original. The collection also includes compilations of charms submitted separately, and folk medicine recipes with instructions on how to use them.

The tradition of writing down charms in handmade books or notebooks was widespread in Latvia during the second half of the 19th century. This practice was related to the circulation of handwritten ‘Books of Heaven’, which were used to protect their holders or their holders’ houses from misfortune. Many of the books are similar in content, testifying to their common derivation. These books were said to have divine origins. Some came down to earth in the city of London, others through the intercession of the angel Michael; some expressed gratitude for miraculous salvation from death, such as in the case of Count Philip’s servant, who by miracle kept his head, or General Skobolev, who survived many battles. Some books also included lucky and unlucky days—when certain activities should be performed or avoided. The Charm books include a second section containing spells for treating various human and animal ailments—to staunch bleeding, to relieve pain, to cure ergotism, and others.

The Collection of Latvian Charms contains around 5000 items—mainly charms and folk medicine. Various private collectors have donated materials—school children, such as Pēteris Šmits from Rencēni, who donated his father’s book of charms; well–known historians, authors, and cultural workers—Vilis Cedriņš, Vilberts Krasnais, Arturs Heniņš, and others; and folklore researchers—Jānis Alberts Jansons, Baiba Krogzeme-Mosgorda, and Janīna Kursīte.

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1Svēti vārdiCount Philip
Kaiser Charles book
Book of London
Book of Saint Michael
Unlucky Days
2Vīveļu vārdicharms
Colic charms (for horse)
Miles to ahead, miles back
Jesus/ Son of God/ Redeemer
Cross
Colic charms (for horse)
Nazareth
Holy Trinity
Amen
3Liesas vārdicharms
Glanders Charms
Jesus/ Son of God/ Redeemer
Spleen charms
Amen
4Sāpes vārdiPain charms
Black ravens
Poetry/ prose poetry
Cross
Pain charms
Amen
5Rozes vārdicharms
Rose (erysipelas) charms
Jesus/ Son of God/ Redeemer
Cross
Rose (erysipelas) charms
Holy Trinity
Amen
5aČūsku vārdicharms
Charms to avoid a snake
5bRozes vārdicharms
Rose (erysipelas) charms
6Zagļu vārdicharms
Thief charms
Jesus/ Son of God/ Redeemer
Mary/ Mother of God
Peter
Thief charms
7Debesu grāmatacharms
Book of Saint Michael
Unlucky Days
Holy Stories
8Vārdošanacharms
Conjuring charms
Jesus/ Son of God/ Redeemer
Cross
Conjuring charms
Holy Trinity
Amen
9Asins apturēšanas vārdicharms
narrative on usage of charms
Blood stanching chrams
Speaking
Jesus was born, Jesus was lost
Cross
Blood stanching chrams
Holy Trinity
Amen
10Asins apturēšanas vārdicharms
narrative on usage of charms
Blood stanching chrams
Speaking
Jordan river
Cross
Blood stanching chrams
Holy Trinity
Amen
11Asins apturēšanas vārdicharms
narrative on usage of charms
Blood stanching chrams
Speaking
Jesus/ Son of God/ Redeemer
Cross
Blood stanching chrams
Holy Trinity
Amen
12Asins apturēšanas vārdicharms
Blood stanching chrams
Tree maidens
Jordan river
Blood stanching chrams
13Iecirtuma vārdicharms
narrative on usage of charms
Notch/ Cutting charms
Pain (various) Charms
Speaking
Jesus born in Bethlehem
Jesus was born, Jesus was lost
Holy/ lucky is that day/ hour
Notch/ Cutting charms
14Asins apturēšanas vārdicharms
narrative on usage of charms
Blood stanching chrams
To carry out
Writing
Sequences of letters
Blood stanching chrams
15Asins/ sarkanās vainas vārdicharms
Blood stanching chrams
Bloody flux charms
Miles to ahead, miles back
Blood stanching chrams
16Priekš sirds asins apturēšanascharms
Charms for heart blood
Tree to nine lillies
Charms for heart blood
17Asins vārdicharms
Blood stanching chrams
Sator
Blood stanching chrams
18Priekš sirds asins apturēšanascharms
narrative on usage of charms
Charms for heart blood
To carry out
Speaking
Charms for heart blood
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