Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Book Review: Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee
Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee is more than a guidebook, however. It is also a fun collection of folklore and Southern superstition. My favorite chapter is called Mountain Witches. It traces the origins of Tennessee's mountain witches back to Celtic lands and into the mountains of Tennessee. It lists many old charms to be used as protections against enchantment. These might include putting a dime in your shoe, laying a broom across the threshold of your home, and spreading salt around your home. The book also explores the numerous mysterious monsters and beasties that wander Tennessee. It discusses my favorite beastie, old green eyes, and many other mysterious creatures. Ghost and Haunts of Tennessee is a fun collection of ghosts and folklore for any Southerner, especially those of us who live close enough to go find some of Coleman's haunts.