Gee Haw Whammy Diddle

  • Folk Magic Beliefs
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Yes, you read that correctly. The ''Gee Haw Whammy Diddle''. Of Caribbean origins, and later transplanted into The Americas, this is a device which is most seen as a crude, hand-made toy. However, it's origins are more closely related to Voodoo and related ''sympathetic magic''. Constructed of various woods, it's components consist of a long 1.5-foot stick which is notched. The top of the stick is fitted with a wooden propeller. The final piece is a simple stick (often of various lengths. In practice, One rubs the plain stick rapidly against the notched stick (continually). Eventually, the propeller will start to rotate. The faster the ''rub'' – the faster the prop will turn. By controlling the location (placement) of the rubbing, One is able to cause the prop to rotate in different directions. Some Beliefs hold that The Gee Haw Whammy Diddle is also used as a ''Quija Stick'' – for telling the future or even by asking ''it'' a specific question. The direction of the prop (Left for ''Yes'' and Right for ''No'') gives the answer.