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1648-49] RELATION OF 1647-48 217

CHAPTER XV.

OPINION OF THE HURONS REGARDING DISEASES WHICH

THEY CONSIDER TO BE CAUSED BY WITCHCRAFT.

OF THEIR SOOTHSAYERS AND MAGICIANS.

THE

Hurons believe that there is a kind of monstrous

serpent which they call Angont, which

brings with it disease, death, and almost every

misfortune [113] in the world. They say that that

monster lives in subterranean places, in caverns,

under a rock, in the woods, or in the mountains, but

generally in the Lakes and Rivers.

They say that the Sorcerers use the flesh of that

frightful serpent to cause the deaths of those upon

whom they cast their spells. With that poisonous

flesh they rub some object,— a blade of corn, a tuft

of hair, a piece of leather or of wood, the claw of an

animal, or some similar thing. The objects thus

rubbed with that ointment derive from it a malignant

efficacy, that causes them to penetrate into a

man's entrails, into his most vital parts, and into the

very marrow of his bones, carrying with them disease

and suffering, which consume and cause to perish

those who are attacked by them,— unless, through

some contrary virtue, means are found to draw out

those objects to which the spell is attached, as we

have already stated.

Now, whether there really are Sorcerers in this

country,— I mean, men who cause death by witch-

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