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Chinese charm to accelerate labour


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This is a charm to accelerate labour. The text states that, in case of difficult labour, a charm appropriate to the circumstances should be written out using cinnabar, and burnt to ashes over a lamp. The ashes should then be administered to the woman, mixed with water.

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PICTURE TITLE: Numinous charm for the acceleration of labour. OTHER LETTERING: Write the charm with water mixed with cinnabar. It cures difficult labour; when swallowed, it is extremely auspicious. To drink it is auspicious, extremely auspicious. It cures painful labour; when swallowed, it is extremely beneficial. For pain in the belly, it is extremely auspicious.

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