Amulet against plague



The "Benediktuspfennig" is an amulet which should help the believer against everyday dangers such as hailstorms, poisoning, fever, plague, gallstones, evil spirits, witches, the devil, but also at births and on the deathbed ...

It was worn around the neck, on the rosary, on the frais necklace or in the purse. It was recommended that it be walled up in house or stable foundations and laid under cramped cots, in cradles and in feeding crates, thrown into wells, or sewed to cattle by the bell-straps.



"Such amulets were useful specially in persons working around plague victims" (Joseph Patrick Byrne, Daily Life During the Black Death, Greenwood Press 2006 p.53).



For details please sea the german version.