apotropaism

General - A magic ritual to divert evil. This ceremony varies from one culture to another. In Europe, for example, naked women pulling a plough by night are said to be able to ward off disease, whereas, in other cases, a single horseshoe over a door will suffice. In Japan the ritual involves the sacrifice of some animal, such as a pig, to save the crops. Many plants are said to be efficacious and are used in these rituals. On occassion, called apotropaism.

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