Hand of Glory

A grisly magical charm popular with thieves in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the hand of glory was a candle made from the dried hand of a hanged convict through a complicated recipe that also included herbs, horse dung, peppers, and salt. The hand would be carefully mummified, and then joined to or turned into a candle using tallow from a hanged corpse. (whether this is from the same corpse is apparently irrelevant). Set alight, the hand was reputed to have the power to render the occupants of a household insensible, making burglary a simple task.

A hand of glory

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October 7, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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BrokenEye, The True False Prophet February 19, 2016 at 5:49 am

If you ask me, anyone who’d even consider stealing hands from dead people, filling them with manure and then setting them on fire is already perfectly insensible


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