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Amulets, Fortune-Telling, and Magic: Iran, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Afghanistan
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This entry deals with the occult practices and objects used by and for women in Iran, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Afghanistan, mainly connected with the spheres of childbirth, fertility, marriage, defense of the progeny from evil influences, and eroticism.

Magic

In Iran, in order to avert barrenness, women used to pour oil on certain types of stones and crawl under them. There was also the practice of binding knots on certain trees (as symbols of fertility), done for the same …

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Arakelova, Victoria and Asatrian, Mushegh, “Amulets, Fortune-Telling, and Magic: Iran, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0157b>
First published online: 2009



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