Charm types

Charm types are in large part attributable to content, with each type comprising texts that are similar in terms of plot. The types are based on small narratives, or historiolas, most commonly reflecting Biblical motifs, which were widespread in countries with Christian cultural influences, mainly Europe and Scandinavia. For example, the kauliņš pie kauliņa (bone to bone) type tells about a deity healing the sprained or broken leg of a horse by commanding the bone to connect to bone, vein to vein, flesh to flesh; texts of the Jordānas upe (Flum Jordan, Jordan River) type mention the stopping of water in the Jordan River with the aim to also stop bleeding; and the asins apstāšanās (Stans sanguis, stopping of blood) motif tells about the crucifixion of Jesus and his wounds, which did not hurt nor bleed.

    Architriclinus sedebat super scannum
    Bone to bone
    Come butter come
    Crux Christi
    Dismas et Iesmas
    Flum Jordan
    In sanguine Adæ
    Job sedebat in sterquilino
    Our Lady was sinless
    Out Fire in Frost
    Saint George
    Saint Thomas
    Stans sanguis in te
    Super petram
    Tree biter biters
    Tres boni fratres
    Tres Mariae

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