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Man Finds 'Witch Bottle' With Hair And Teeth Inside, But Is Urged To 'Put It Back'

Man Finds 'Witch Bottle' With Hair And Teeth Inside, But Is Urged To 'Put It Back'

This is not the year.

Image Credits: Facebook/ Shane Mears

2020 is one year that will definitely go down in history. Since January, it looks like every month has a new surprise in store for us and any new discovery, that previously used to excite us, is scaring us because the world has become a Pandora's box and we don't know what to expect out of it. Recently, we got to know that a man from New Orleans has discovered what he thinks is a 'witch bottle'. 



 

According to reports, the 19th-century vessel is full of fish hooks, human teeth, shards of glass, and an unidentified liquid. Shane Mears is the one who found the bottle and although he might work as a bartender, his real passion lies in digging up antique relics from the ground. The 52-year-old man spends his free time searching for historical relics in demolished areas, in hopes of finding something interesting. 



 

Some days, he finds civil war bullets, other days, he finds old belt buckles. But earlier this month, when he was sifting through the Algiers Point, he absolutely didn't expect to find a witch bottle filled with human tooth, hair, and possibly urine. Mears took to Facebook and wrote, "While relic hunting in Algiers, I unearthed my first witch bottle. Still corked, it contains a9 tooth, human hair, a pincher beetle, and possibly, urine. Located in an area where a home existed in the mid-1800's (and the bottle dating from that time period, as well), such an object may have been used as a protection spell for the property. It also may have been used in voodoo to cast a different spell. Anyway, it is a rare, creepy-cool find! Yaeeee... The New Orleans newspaper did an entertainment article on the bottle at nola.com.



 

Needless to say, people were freaked out by this discovery and Facebook users unanimously asked him to put it back where it belongs. One person wrote, "It also may have been used in voodoo to cast a different spell. Anyway, it is a rare, creepy-cool find!’ Another one added, "Dude put it back. I cannot stress to you enough to put it the f*ck back." A third one added, "This year has been bad enough – put it back dude! Put it back!!" 

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In a conversation with Nola, Mears said, "I was thinking of donating it to one of the museums. That would kind of be the best home for it. It would be neat if my grandson and granddaughter could go in and see what I did."



 

 

In case you didn't know, witch bottles are more than just curiosities. So how exactly does a Witch bottle work? According to JSTOR Daily’s Allison C. Meier, practitioners of the craft fill the vessel with an assortment of items, but most commonly urine and bent pins. The urine is believed to lure witches traveling through a supernatural “otherworld” into the bottle, where they would then be trapped by the pins. 



 

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