Scrabble Bingo of the Day: HEXEREI


HEXEREI  n pl. -S  witchcraft

67 points (17 points without the bingo)

HEXEREI is a word used in Pennsylvania Dutch dialects in lieu of WITCHCRAFT, usually related to black magic that's brought upon them and their farm as retaliation for some minor wrongdoing. A farmer who may have offended a neighbor in some way might think he was HEXED when his cow suddenly stops providing milk. Hexerei is usually blamed for bad luck to distract from guilt. Also, if somebody came down with PSITTACOSIS, hexerei was sometimes the culprit.

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: HEXEREI

POWWOWING is the word used by outsiders to describe the religious practice whose chief purpose is to heal physical ailments in humans and animals, but is frequently used to describe the process of protecting one's self from physical or spiritual harm by HEXERS. It's also said that hex signs (below) found on the side of barns were used to ward off WITCHERY, but not all Pennsylvania Dutch were so superstitious, and those hex signs are considered to be mere folk art decorations.

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: HEXEREI

Hexerei and powwow are the main subject matters in Apprentice to Murder (1988), which is based on true events that happened in Pennsylvania Dutch country. But outside of Pennsylvania Dutch, witchcraft can be found in a long string of horror movies that you can watch this Halloween, which includes The Wicker Man, The Craft, Drag Me to Hell, Häxan (pictured below), etc.

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: HEXEREI

Know of anymore horror movies that deal with hexerei? Post them in the comments below!


BEWITCHERY  n pl. -ERIES  sorcery
  n pl. -S  sorcery
SORCERY  n pl. -CERIES  alleged use of supernatural powers
  n pl. -S  the use of sorcery or magic
WITCHERY  n pl. -ERIES  sorcery
WITCHING  n pl. -S  sorcery

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: HEXEREI

The above image is from the horror movie Mark of the Devil, which is a somewhat gruesome movie surrounding witchcraft.

Related Words

BEWITCH  v -ED, -ING, -ES  to affect by witchcraft or magic
HEX  v -ED, -ING, -ES  to cast an evil spell upon
HEXER  n pl. -S  one that hexes
POWWOW  v -ED, -ING, -S  to hold a conference
PSITTACOSIS  n pl. -COSES  an infectious disease of birds transmissible to humans
WITCH  v -ED, -ING, -ES  to bewitch

Photos by Nicholas_T, Braucher

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