Starfish is reading a new book called 'The Merrybegot' by Julie Hearn. It is set in Devon and seems to be mainly about the conflict between the old religion of paganism and Christianity. I picked it up to have a look and read the following:
A SPELL TO SOOTHE A TRUCULENT PIG
First, catch your pig. Do it on a Monday, on a waning moon, when the time be right for healing. Point him to the north, and hang on tight.
Rap his snout three times with a wand of oak, and call: "Powers of earth, tame and soothe this creature that he may become docile and no longer a bogging nuisance."
Wait seven beats of the heart, then let him go.
So mote it be.
Don't you just love the word 'truculent'?
I wonder if it works on humans? How many people do you know who are 'a bogging nuisance'?