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LIBER. TERTIVS        121



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De magicis instrumentis Bothniæ.


CAP. XVII.


                                        INTER Bothnicos homines Septentrionis passim reperiebanturMagi septentrionales.
                                        malefici, ac magi, tanquam in proprio loco: qui
                                        per summam ludificandorum oculorum peritiam suos, alienosque
                                        vultus variis rerum imaginibus adumbrare callebant,
                                        fallacibusque formis veros obscurare conspectus. Nec solum
                                        pugiles, verum etiam fœminæ, & teneræ virgines provotoPugiles.
                                        suo larvas huido squalore terribiles, faciesque adulterinoFœminæ.
                                        pallore distinctas, ab aëris teneritudine mutuari consueverunt,
                                        & rursus ablegato nubilæ inumbrationis vapore
prætentas ori tenebras sudis perspicuitate discutere. Tantamque vim carminibusVis carminis ingens.
eorum affuisse constat, vt rem remotissime positam, , & quantalibet nodorum consertione
perplexam, conspicuam & præsentissimam efficerent. Talibusque prædestigiisModus præstigiandi vel demonstrandi.
idipsum hoc modo demonstrant. Scire cupientes statum amicorum, aut inimicorum
longinquo terrarum spatio quingentorum, vel mille milliarium inde distantium,
Lapponem seu Finnonem hujus rei peritum dato munere, lineæ scilice
vestis aut arcus, rogant experientiam fieri, vbinam fuerint, & quid agant amici Conclave.
vel inimici. Quocirca conclave ingreditur vno commite, vxoreque contentus, ranam
æneam, aut serpentem malleo super incudem præscriptis ictibus concutit, carminumque
murmure hinc inde revolvit, continuoque cadens in extasim rapitur: iacetque
brevi spatio velut mortuus. Interea diligentissime a prædicto commite, ne quoduis vivens, Ductor malus dæmon.
culex, aut musca, vel aliud animal eum contingat, custoditur. Carminum
nanque potentia spiritus eius malo dæmone ductore a longinquis signa (annulum, velAnnulus vel cultellus signa expeditæ legationis.
cultellum )in testimonium expeditæ legationis, seu commissionis reportat. Iliicoque,
resurgens, eadem signa cum cæteris circunstantiis conductori suo declarat.
Nec minoris efficaciæ perhibentur in hominibus diversa ægritudine prosternendis.
Faciunt nanque de plumbo jacula magica brevia ad modum digiti: ea emittuntIacula plumbea.
per quævis dissita loca in eos, de quibus vindictam expetunt. Hi oborto


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