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Semang charm against stings. Artwork of a magic charm against stings, incised on a bamboo stave by magicians of the Semang people of the Malay Peninsula. At upper centre is an Argus pheasant (brown) with depictions of its tail feather eye-marks. At left is a centipede (orange). At right are two scorpions (blue). The female is at top, with the male below. The pink areas show the amount of swelling in people stung by the scorpions, with the female the more poisonous. The charm invokes the pheasant because it feeds on centipedes and scorpions. H. Vaughan Stevens.
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