Folk Poppet

Illinois, 1980-1985

Donor Wishes to Remain Anonymous

During routine maintenance on an aging barn, this makeshift doll was discovered hidden in the lofts. Unsure of who placed it there or why, the young farmer pried it from the wall and shared the find with his concerned family. His mother informed him that what he had discovered was a poppet, a powerful piece of magic intended to cause serious harm to the intended target.

The farm had been experiencing a strange spate of cattle deaths, equipment failures, and the farmer's father had even become gravely ill. The farmer himself couldn't help but note the amount of recent close-calls he'd had during simple chores. The coincidences, and insistence from his superstitious family embers, were enough to convince him that the poppet was to blame for the farm's decline.

After realizing the purpose of the rope doll, the farmer and his family prayed over the object before placing it in a bag and storing it in an unused tool drawer, where it sat for the next three decades.

The poppet was recently re-discovered and gifted to the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult, where it provides a glimpse into American folk magic in its purest form. Some claim they've even felt a pulsing energy radiating from the object.

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