"Magic bottles" that serve as protective amulets may be covered with a patchwork of cloth and festooned with objects lashed to it, such as small mirrors (to attract desired people and things and deflect others), scissors (to cut or stab a harm-doer), and other items chosen by the boko (sorcerer). Small coffins, emblematic of death, are placed on the Haitian Gede altars -- Gedes being spirits of the ancestral dead. Sometimes the coffins, invariably bearing crosses, are lodged in bottles like the example shown here.
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