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soul catcher Line breaks: soul catch¦er

Definition of soul catcher in English:


(Among various North American Indian peoples) a hollowed bone tube used by a medicine man to contain the soul of a sick person.
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  • In form, it resembles the double-headed soul catchers traditionally used by shaman.
  • Large soul catchers were sometimes mounted in the smokeholes of the houses to prevent souls from leaving prematurely.
  • To create this glass soul catcher, which is about four times the size of a real soul catcher, Preston first created a cylinder of glass in the approximate shape of the final form.

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