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that time it was customary in the beautiful
parish of Logierait, between the river
Tummel & the river Tay, to unloose
carefully every knot in the clothes of
the bride & bridegroom before the
celebration of the wedding ceremony. We
meet the same superstition and the
same custom at the present day in
d. The maleficent power of knots may
also be manifested in the infliction
of sickness, disease and all kinds of
misfortune. Thus among the Hos of West
Africa a sorcerer will sometimes curse
his enemy and pretending to tie him in
a knot in a piece of grass where
he cannot escape a sound cursing. It is
believed that in the knot the sorcerer has
bound up the life of his enemy. In the
Koran there is an allusion to the mischief
of "those who puff into the knots," and an

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