Silver is considered to be the most flexible and reliable form of barter by many survivalists (such as James Wesley Rawles, Joel Skousen, Ragnar Benson, and Alex Jones) specifically in a long term economic collapse. Unlike gold, silver is far more flexible for small item purchase and barter. It is available in many recognized forms and freely exchanged as a barter implement even during "good times".
Silver in Folklore
Silver, considered a metal of purity, is often portrayed in folk tales and modern fiction alike as an effective weapon against vampires, werewolves, and other evil creatures. Silver nails driven into a coffin lid were thought to prevent evil spirits from rising. Silver is also used a great deal in witchcraft, and is usually worn by participants in modern Wiccan rituals.
- Destroying Vampires
- The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-Paganism, by Raymond Buckland, Visible Ink Press, 2002
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