Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Warding off vampires (sickness?)

I tutor one of the orphanage counselors regularly. We were covering a certain topic and I asked her what she does to avoid getting the flu.

Her first response was that public events and social activities should be canceled for a time. Schools, etc. should be closed to prevent sickness from spreading further.

Then I asked her about her personal approach. She went to her room and returned with a little pouch on a string and explained that one of the other counselors had sewn a bunch by hand for them all to wear.

The woman whom I teach describes herself as "Muslim," but doesn't practice, as far as I know. Meanwhile, the counselor who sewed the pouches is Russian Orthodox.

"What do you do with it?" I asked, fearing some kind of witchcraft. Even among Russian Orthodox believers, some remedies border on paganism.

"You put garlic inside," she said. That wasn't as bad as I thought. If you can eat garlic as a remedy, maybe wearing it also does something? Not something I would try, but...to each his own.

5 comments:

  1. Hey Liz! I have a question regarding some legal changes that I recently heard about from our brother. I basically wanted to know A) if you knew anything about it and B) how it might affect you. I'm going to e-mail you, just wanted to give you a heads up.

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  2. Okay. I might post about it if it seems appropriate.

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  3. I think the garlic pouch is to keep the sick- people- away, not necessarily the sickness. I know I wouldn't go near anyone wearing garlic :)

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  4. Well, two remedies in one, I guess!

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