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Armour of Plaster a Guarantee Against Sickness and Witchcraft

ARMOUR OF PLASTER A GUARANTEE AGAINST SICKNESS AND WITCHCRAFT

Mothers of Ubiaja, in the Esha country, when they have not far to go, carry their babies astride their hip; on long journeys they sling them behind their back, supported by their cloth. Also they plaster them with chalk to ward off disease and magic. The broad arrow, incised in blue, on this young mother's temple, is the Esha tribal mark