Many people believe in fairies and have developed ways to win their favor, or to protect themselves from evil ones. Fairies love milk, and people may pour milk into the ground for them. Parents may hang an open pair of scissors over a child’s crib as a charm to prevent fairies from stealing the infant. Parents may also place a cross or a container of holy water beside the baby for protection. If travelers lose their way because of what they believe is a fairy’s spell, they try to break the spell by turning a piece of their clothing inside out and burning it.
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