Functional groups

Functional groups and their titles point to the uses of the charms, for example: rozes vārdi (“rose words”, for the treatment of erysipelas), asins vārdi (“blood words”, to stop bleeding), zobu sāpju vārdi (“toothache words”, to alleviate toothache), zagļu vārdi (“thief words”, to stop a thief), lūzuma vārdi (“break words”, to heal broken bones), vīveļu vārdi (“colic words”, to treat colic in livestock), etc. Such a distinction is used in the study of charms as well as by practitioners of folk medicine and is also found the notes written by healers themselves. The catalogue contains more than 140 functional groups for charms.


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