Happy #FolkloreThursday! Sadly, not so much for the mole.

In the 1800s, carrying a mole’s forefoot in your pocket was a tradition from the East Anglian region of England, used to prevent cramp.

The feet were either removed straight from a mole or bought from a shop, and then used as an amulet. An example of what could be called folk medicine, customs like these often went back generations.

Moles’ feet have a much longer and wider tradition as an amulet against toothache: the Roman writer Pliny recommended it in the first century CE.

We, and the moles, are glad there are now more effective treatments available.

These mole feet were purchased in 1930 from Edward Lovett’s collection of British amulets and charms.

#WellcomeCollection #mole #nature #MakingNature #amulet #folklore
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  • wellcomecollectionHappy #FolkloreThursday! Sadly, not so much for the mole.

    In the 1800s, carrying a mole’s forefoot in your pocket was a tradition from the East Anglian region of England, used to prevent cramp.

    The feet were either removed straight from a mole or bought from a shop, and then used as an amulet. An example of what could be called folk medicine, customs like these often went back generations.

    Moles’ feet have a much longer and wider tradition as an amulet against toothache: the Roman writer Pliny recommended it in the first century CE.

    We, and the moles, are glad there are now more effective treatments available.

    These mole feet were purchased in 1930 from Edward Lovett’s collection of British amulets and charms.

    #WellcomeCollection #mole #nature #MakingNature #amulet #folklore

  • simon.trottIs there an inscription on one claw?
  • daiva_collections😻
  • schemenkabinettVery interesting. Is it known why moles have been associated with cramp?
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  • wellcomecollection@schemenkabinett We'd have to do more research to find out, but moles were associated with many ailments and cures, even divination. There's a short video here: https://youtu.be/xFyFGIDUbfI
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  • artykarobeFascinating, looking forward to more folklore sharing!
  • schemenkabinett@wellcomecollection Interesting video, thanks for sharing.
  • puffmell@klmellor if anyone comes in complaining of cramp, tell them to go find a mole
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  • jebmcconnellphotographyKiller shot
  • benniallanSo good
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  • erickaecklesActually I've had this suggested when I had problems with my back, an elderly chap who was a friend of the family and who lived in Blyford, near Halesworth solemnly said I needed to put a mole's foot in my pocket and that would put me right....He'd have been about 80 and and it was maybe 7 years ago....Him and his wife also used to say someone was "as fat as a mole" if they had put on weight and were getting rather rotund.
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