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a. Finnish wizards used to sell wind to
storm-stayed mariners. The wind was
enclosed in three knots; if they undid the
first knot, a moderate wind sprang up:
if the second, it blew half a gale; if the
third, a hurricane. This art of tying
up the wind in three knots has been attributed
to wizards in Lappland & to witches in
Shetland, Lewis, and the Isle of Man.
Shetland seamen still buy winds in the
shape of knotted handkerchiefs or threads
from old woemen who claim to rule the
storms. There are said to be ancient
crones in Lerwick now who live by
selling the wind. GB.
b.The majical effect of knots in trammelling
& obstructing human activity was believed
to be manifested at marriage not less than
at birth. During the Middle Ages, &
down to the 18thC, it seems to have been
commonly held in Europe that the
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