Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Crawdads

Big “Crawdaddy” assumes the “take no prisoners” defensive posture at a crawfish luncheon for 917th Wing Airmen at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 10, 2009. The luncheon was sponsored by Boyd Parker and the Shreveport Rubber and Gasket Company in “appreciation for what Barksdale Air Force Base does for the freedom we enjoy.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Crawdad bone against syphilis – “I have known hillmen to spend hours and even days searching the rivers for very large crawpappies in order to get the two circular lucky-bones found in their bodies. These are carried in the pockets to ward off syphilis. The bigger the bones the better, and really large lucky-bones are rare.” ~Randolph OMF 152

Pinchers worn for stomachache – “It is said that a pair of crawpappy pincers sewed into a man’s clothing has the same effect [stomachache].” ~Randolph OMF 154

“If you tie crawdad claws around your neck it is suppose to cure the bellyache.” ~Parler FBA III 3276

“A remedy for the bellyache is to tie a pair of crawdad claws on a string and wear them around your neck.” ~Parler FBA III 3277

Lucky crawdad bones – “The two lucky bones in crawdad’s head will bring a boy good luck if he will wrap them in a mullin leaf and tie it down in his left hand pocket. The lucky-bones make good wishes come true.” ~Parler FBA IX 8762


Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

Source: Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Crawdads

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