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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

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hand of glory A pickled and dried hand cut from one who has been hanged. It is used in casting spells and finding buried treasure, often in conjunction with a magic candle made from the fat of a hanged criminal.
      Sir Walter Scott, in The Antiquary (1816), had a character describe it thus:  

      De hand of glory is hand cut off from a dead man as have been hanged for muther, and dried very nice in de shmoke of juniper wood.

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