General - A stony lump sometimes found in the intestines or stomachs of various ruminants and other animals. These stones are supposed to have magical powers or medicinal power as an antidote to poison. (1) In parts of Europe the stone was used as a cure for toothache. (2) The Chinese wear rings incor porating this stone, which when sucked acts as a cure for poison. (3) Some North American tribes grind the stones to powder and use this to strengthen their eyesight. (4) In Mongolia, the stone is used by shamans to bring rain. (5) In the Pacific Islands, it is said to be found in coconuts and, again, is used as an antidote for poison. Occasionally called bezoar.

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