An ancient road to Pennsylvania Dutch
faithhealing, spiritual healing, prayer healing, powwow, pow wow,
or often called "brauchen," i.e. designed to help for those "in
need." Say hello to Mountain Mary.
This is the road sign at the intersection of Hill
Church Road and Mountain Mary Road. If you turn right at this
point and drive up the mountain you will pass near her house. It
was up there where she memorized the Bible so that she could recite
verses for healing purposes. It was up there where she prayed for
us all, Christians have always respected the power of
words. Witness our elaborate rules regarding blasphemy.
Also, Christians use the same word, “cursing” in English or “fluchen”
in Pennsylvania Dutch, to refer both to blasphemy and also to the act
of damning or calling down evil on someone. Words directly from
the Bible are accorded special power, and thus we have the Pow Wower’s
so-called “incantations” which were often simply verses from the bible
repeated in a purposeful, prayerful manner. Mary used those
powers solely for healing.
This is supposedly the house (or a part of it) in which
Mountain Mary lived. Her garden
was on the hillside now covered by trees. She practiced
braucherei. She knew the value of numerous roots and herbs and
believed in good nutrition. The garden she cultivated with fruits
and vegetables and used in her practice, “der gartenische du Maricha,”
was as legendary as her faith. She is said to have shared freely
with those in need
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This is what Mountain Mary saw from her window.
That's me and my
nephew Brian! Mountain Mary was reputed to
be generally optimistic and positive
about life and its meanings, “Sings
verk ought foah da best.” Her heritage was in the Lutheran
doctrine of justification by faith alone.
She emphasized salvation. Above all else, she was a
believer! And she
used faith to aid healing. The view from her house was probably a
source of inspiration for her. The background of this picture
gives you a vague sense of the beauty she witnessed. If you want
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