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'When a Cuna Indian is very sick, the curer takes illustrated magazines, trade catalogues and newspapers, and places them around the sick person's hut. Then they burn the images, releasing their souls or 'purbas'. The souls of the burnt images then go about setting up a store or emporium full of fascinating items. When the evil spirits come to invade the sick person, they are so taken by the show of wares that they do not enter the sick person's body. Instead of killing the sick person, the evil spirits, in effect, go shopping.'

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