National Geographic : 1947 Sep
@ National Geographic Society Engraving byTheodore deBry, 1590 "The Conjurers Use Strange Gestures . . . and Be Verye Familiar with Devils" A small black bird worn above one ear was the sorcerer's badge of office. Such men were described as "contrary tonature intheir enchantments." They were believed to converse with devils and thus learn of their enemies'plans.