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What’s a Cloutie?

If you're going to the British Isles, you will want to know about clouties (also spelled clootie). What's a cloutie? Clouties are prayer ties. Traditionally these were small pieces of cloth that were infused with the energy of what you want to get rid of (like a wart, an unwanted lover, or a pain). If the thing you want to rid yourself of is an ailment, the cloth is first tied around that area. For example, if you have ankle pain, the cloth is worn around the ankle. The prayer tie is then hung on the tree as a request to the spirits to use their energy/magic to banish the unwanted energy. As the cloth decays, the wish is fulfilled. Today, the tradition has been corrupted in many ways. Any old tree...

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