The cursed accordion

10 08 2010

According to the account, a now famous Cajun accordion player was suddenly plagued by a mysterious lung ailment that the doctors could not cure. He was taken to a treater who told him that he had been “struck” by someone who put “snake poison” on his accordion. The treater “put” a prayer on the accordion and washed it to counteract the poison. He then performed frequent treatments on the patient for three weeks, and concluded by placing a “prayer note” between the keys of the man’s accordion. Shortly after the treatment the musician began to feel better and eventually experienced a full recovery.

-found in “Cajun and Creole Treaters: Magico-Religious Folk Healing in French Louisiana” by Rocky Sexton, in Western Folklore, Volume 51, July/October, 1992.