how to hold a man with earwax

Jes’ lak ah’d – concernin’ yo’, ah would take dat ear wax outa mah ear, see, an’ ah ‘noint chure eyes wit dat; yeah, a little bit ‘cross yore eyebrows. Dat’s to hold yo’ – hold a man. Jes’ put dat ovah a man’s eyebrows, yo’ know, it’s sticky an’ it’s hard tuh git off – it stays up dere a long time. Yo’ kin do dat once a week an’ dere still some of it up dere. Jes’ rub it up, yo’ know, lak dat. Jes’ say fo’ instance, lak ah has some men an’ dey got dat hair dere, always got some kind grease dere, an’ she put dat up in dere, got dem almost in dey own way. See, when he washes his hair, she rubs some mo’ up in dere. See, dat’s to hold him, keep him near dem.

V. 2, p. 1456

coconut spells from Hyatt

I have temporary custody of a few volumes of Hyatt.  One of the things I’ve wanted to know more about was the use of coconuts in various workings.  I’ve always really liked “container” spells — bags, bottles, boxes, jars etc — and I knew there’s more work out there to do with coconuts than I’ve done. 

And now I can see that there’s even more than I suspected!  I have only ever done coconut spells for hot foot type work, doctoring them and throwing them in a river to get someone to go away.  But Hyatt records them for driving people crazy, for breaking up a couple, for keeping somebody at home — just about any use for which you could use any other type of container spell. 

But sometimes the fact that it is a coconut and not any other kind of container seems more pertinent, as for one to kill an enemy, in which it appears that the spell will cause pain in the head as the beginning of a nasty end.  The informant says that a lemon can be used for the same thing, only it works more quickly.