This talk has sold out in advance and No door tickets are available.
Profs and Pints Nashville presents: “The Folklore of Love Spells,” on the use of magic to influence romantic destinies, with Cory Thomas Hutcheson, folklorist, lecturer at Middle Tennessee State University, and author of New World Witchery: A Trove of North American Folk Magic.
Looking for a distinct way to spend Valentine’s Day? Come to the Fait La Force taproom for a rich, ribald, and riotous exploration of the use of romantic enchantments in history and folklore.
You’ll feel spellbound as you listen to folklorist Cory Thomas Hutcheson, who previously has given fantastic Profs and Pints talks on scary Yule lore, occult children’s games, and cryptids. This time around he’ll discuss a delicious assortment of methods—alluring and occasionally appalling—that people historically have used to find, catch, or hold others them.
Dr. Hutcheson will present talismans, potions, charms, and more from the pages of history, exploring the principles at work in each. You'll hear about how counting stars can lead to dreams of future lovers, why some women in the Ozarks once nailed turkey wishbones above their doors, and how a meal of fish, cheese, or chocolate might lead to seduction--or the hospital. His talk will cover everything from fortune-telling charms designed to predict the future of a relationship to secretive formulae intended to drive a couple apart.
Look Cupid in the eye and ask him "Why?" as we explore this raucous mixture of magic, belief, folklore, and story. If nothing else, you’ll end up loving this learning experience. (Advance tickets: $13.50 plus sales tax and processing fees. Doors: $17, or $15 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later.)
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