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And breathed upon. When the pains become stronger, a favourite nuszch (talisman), kept in readiness, is dipped in water, which is then given to the woman to drink, on the assumption that the miraculous power of the words has passed into the black ink and this will now be immediately efficacious. In other parts, people try to chase away the wicked albasti by means of noise. They knock on the outer walls of the tent with sticks, begin shouting and howling wildly, or where they have firearms at their disposal they keep on firing guns : while there, where Islam has not yet a firm footing, people, as a survival of ancient Shaman beliefs (see Fig.

Tiirk describes the confinement of a Samaritan lady in Jerusalem as follows : " On the evening before my departure from Jerusalem, some people asked me to hasten immediately to the house of a Samaritan lady. In the middle of a wide hall, I saw in an old­ fashioned arm-chair, a matron in pain, wrapped in a mass of garments and surrounded by about 50 people, some acquaintances, and some servants. I felt her pulse : it was full and strong ; the skin was cold and moist. iestions to her when some of those present drew me with noisy impatience to the door and implored my instant help.

792), which is there called La rosa della Madonna. When the first pains begin, it is put into water • SUPERNATURAL HELP IN LABOUR ·AMONG THE LATIN PEOPLES 29 in a withered state and people are convinced that the pains will pass away in the time necessary for the plant to expand in renewed freshness. In the Rhine Pala­ tinate the woman in labour is given the " freshly blown " rose of Jericho to smell in order to relieve her violent pains. In Modena, according to Riccardi, in a difficult labour, a black hen has to be killed quickly, then trussed , and, half severed, is put on the patient's head like a bonnet ; then all will go well.

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