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fetish

A fetish is an object such as a stone, a tooth, or a carving, supposedly possessing magical power that can protect one from harm, cure disease, and the like. Some fetishes are thought to be magical in themselves; others get their magic from some divinity. Some fetishes are believed to be so powerful that only special individuals are allowed to handle them. For all others, the fetish is taboo.

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