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The following list gives some of the most common charms and their uses: Charm Use animal carving ensure a good hunt animal teeth protect against wild animals anklet protect a child bamboo whistle defend against witchcraft bundle of sticks guard the home copper ring prevent snakebites goatskin pouch ward off illness iron bracelet promote fertility In North Africa, where Arabic influences are strong and the primary religion is Islam, the most important good luck charm is the khamsa—a representation of a hand.

When the dead were buried, the Igbo believed that they turned into earth and became united with Ala. See also Igbo pantheon. Aja Alatangana See orisa. Àjàpá See Ijapa. Ajok (Adyok, Naijok) Lotuko (Sudan) The Supreme God and Creator. Although Ajok was benevolent, humans had to make constant prayers and sacrifices to maintain his good nature. In a tale about the origin of death, a quarrel between a husband and wife led Ajok to make death permanent. The couple’s child had died, and the mother begged Ajok to bring the child back to life.

They smiled, because it tasted so good. They sprinkled some grains in the water and then tasted the grains. They made faces. The ant laughed, explaining that it wasn’t ready to eat. He led them to two flat stones and gave them directions for grinding the grain into flour. The woman and man tasted the flour and grimaced again. The ant laughed, explaining that it still wasn’t ready to eat. Next he showed them an empty gourd and gave directions for mixing the flour with water in the gourd to make dough and then kneading it until it was smooth and elastic.

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