protective charm

Charm made from lengths of twisted bark fibre, with four knots in it near one end.
Baby's `nokore' charm. Worn until falls off around waist. Made of tied dark nokore soaked in water and then chewed and rolled on leg. 4 knots to protect child from sickness. Have to have necklace and waistband like this before can wear beads. Made of the inner bark of the 'tree of god' (NOKORE=an acacia tree?) collected by anyone who is making a safari to the PURKEI area where this tree grows, i.e. from LODUNGOKWE to the LOWLANDS - The bark cannot be collected unless the day has a light moon either side of it, or the charm will not work - The tree cannot even be touched when there is a dark moon in case one angers God. The tree has some kind of human property, the bark bleeds a red juice if cut and the bark feels like human hair. The inner bark is soaked in water then chewed and rolled on leg until it is twisted. Made by women.

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