Re: Great! Let's talk about the book itself
- Thank you for posting, Crocker!
There's been quite a lot of interesting lore that has accumulated around the book over the centuries. In its earliest origins it is closely connected with the Faust legends in Renaissance Germany, and in more recent years it has been assimilated into such diverse folk magics as Pennsylvania Dutch Hexcraft, Jamaican Obeah, and Rootwork and Hoodoo in the United States.
One that comes immediately to mind is the legend of the book as a "Black Bible" written in white letters on black pages to signify the averse character of its contents. This may have been inspired by the fact that in most editions the seals themselves are printed in this way.
Will collect some more from my notes over the years and post next week.
PERQVAERENS ARCANVM ARCANORVM
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "crocker_amazon" <crocker_amazon@...> wrote:
> I'd like to get the ball rolling by starting a discussion about the book itself. What are the beliefs that the other members here have about this book? For example, recently I was presented the notion that the book itself has a presiding spirit. That candles should be burned next to the book accompanied with prayer for 7 days before the book should be used and that the book should be read in reverse to keep the 'black dragon' from catching you.
> What have you heard/read about this book?