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A curse that is the product of envy, revenge and anger.
In earlier times, people commonly blamed their misfortune on the ill-wishing of others.
If two people argued and then one suffered a mishap, became ill or had other problems, the other party was suspected of ill-wishing them.
Remarks such as “You’ll be sorry” were taken seriously as a form of negative witchcraft.
If someone enjoyed a great deal of good fortune or prosperity and then suffered a setback, they believed themselves to be the victim of the secret ill-wishing of envious neighbors.
The remedy for ill-wishing was to seek out a witch, a pillar, or a cunning man or woman and have the ill-wishing broken or neutralized with a charm.
If the identity of the ill-wisher was not known, magic or divination was performed to expose them