Folklore Tidbits – The Hand Of Glory
This title is in reference to the severed right hand taken from a hanged corpse, this was considered as a talisman/charm with significant magical powers. The hand was actually preserved and dried and the hand and fingers were covered in wax and fashioned into a type of candle, this could then be set alight. One of the legend states that the hand of glory was used by superstitious thieves till around the 18th century, allowing them to paralyze their victims with fright while they went about their deeds. This myth lasted till around 1832. We have added a few reading recommendations below so you can follow up in more detail on this folklore tale.