Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Devil's Mark

Imagine - a mere 300 years ago a person could have been flayed alive, pressed by stones, or, the old stand-by, burned at the stake for having a supernumerary nipple. Not exactly the conversation-starter it is today. Why, you might ask, was this?

During the great witch craze of about 1100 to 1700 (wow, trends sure lasted a long time back then) it was commonly believed (by the same kind of morons you might find today in, oh, Dover PA) that an extra nipple was the mark of the devil. Witches were supposed to nurse their familiars through the extra milk spigot.


It was widely believed that most witches sported a mark on their body which was placed there by the Devil. The Witches' mark, Devil's Mark, or Witches' teat was the seal of the Devil, given to witches upon initiation. This mark could be a scar, a mole, a birthmark, or superfluous nipple. The Devil's Mark was a nipple through which the witch nourished her or his familiar.



The popular saying "cold as a witch's tit" appears to refer to superfluous nipples too. I don't know about you, but mine is toasty warm right now. No doubt from bathing in the eternal fiery pits of hell.

More history of The Devil's Mark here and here.

4 comments:

Lisa said...

We used to always say Cold as a witch's tit in a brass bra!

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who believes he is the devil
All the facts line up like you wouldnt believe. He said in his concious mind, hes like a normal person, but when he is dreaming, or drifting away, is subconcious mind kicks in and is evil. He told me it has been going on for years, and he can't get rid of it. He has inner power and strength that no one understands. Its wierd. But i believe him.

Anonymous said...

Well I am a proud owner of a third nipple. I've carried mine for 22 years. At first Ithought it was wierd, bt know I am so glad to have it. I have seen so many boobs because of it. You know that game, I'll show you mine if you show me yours. Well I think you know where this is going. But just wanted to let every one know one more good thing that can come from having a (thired Nipple).

Peace Love and Chicken Greese,
Jeremiah

pluckymama said...

My doctor told me about this when he diagnosed my extra nipples and I exclaimed "I can't wait to tell everyone" he feared the old people would think I'm a witch. I don't have a third nipple, I have 7 extra nipples, can I still be your friend? Most showed up when I got pregnant the first time. The biggest (in my armpit) has been around since puberty. Aren't I lucky?