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"FATTURA"

WISHING ILLNESS BY PLACING A LETTER STATING THIS IN A FEATHER
PILLOW. SICKNESS CAUSED A PERSON TO BE TOTALLY IMMOBLIZED AND
WOULD HAVE TO REMAIN IN BED. IF A PERSON WAS KNOWN TO HAVE CURSED
SOMEONE WITH SICKNESS, THEN SALT WAS THROWN AFTER THAT PERSON BY
THE PERSON WHO WAS CURSED (WITHOUT THEM SEEING IT DONE) WHEN
THE PERSON RECOVERED FROM THE ILLNESS.

Submitter comment: "FATTURA" MEANS CHARM OR SPELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 02-26-1979

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