Medicine Magic on Lamotrek Atoll
       A medicine display in Weriatag canoe house was somewhat mysterious.  A woman from another island who was staying on Lamotrek asked for medicine to protect her from ria a "curse."  I was unable to determine the nature of the "curse" but pouches fashioned from coconut sheaths with knotted leaves tied to them can be seen attached to the ends of a meshang "taboo marker" which has been hung from the ridge pole ... in effect enforcing a restriction that no person should touch or trespass against this medicine.

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