Because metal has been in use for so long and also because it changed the way humans interacted with their world so drastically, there’s been a lot of folklore associated with it.
- Silver will hurt werewolves
- Fairies can’t touch iron
- The Babungo (Cameroon) explain that iron smithing, in contrast to smelting, started when the ancestor of smiths fell from the sky or descended on a spider’s web, carrying a hammer, the “mother-thing” for all. Pieces of this hammer were forged into other hammers of smiths and represent connections between the earth and the powerful spirits in the sky.
- Brass is a very powerful metal that is said to attract money and prosperity. It was also worn to defend one against dark magic and direct the negative energy back to the sender.
Alchemy is an ancient tradition, the primary objective of which was the creation of the mythical “philosopher’s stone,” which was said to be capable of turning base metals into gold or silver. (JK Rowling did NOT invent it)
- Copper has long been used as a healing metal, especially for arthritis and rheumatism.
- Traditionally, silver has been associated with the Moon and feminine nature, while gold has been associated with the Sun and masculine nature.