Rituals for the Sick

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Rituals practiced after the war if you were sick and needed to be cured in Italy(Information based on interview with Olga Caruso and Antonino Calvo–February 9, 2013):

-Death: If you wanted to check if someone was dead you would put a mirror under their mouth to see if it would fog up. Many times people were incorrectly thought dead—the families wouldn’t shut the coffins tight in case you needed to get out. Many were thought dead but later woke up. Perhaps Matto isn’t really killed? Just misdiagnosed? Just a thought.
-Cough: If you had a cough you would be brought to smell cow manure as it was said to alleviate your cough.
-Malocchio: If you had a headache caused by malocchio you would have a cup placed on your head. A cloth would cover the cup while those around you prayed to make the pain go away. You could measure how bad the malocchio was by using your palm to measure the distance from your wrist to your shoulder.
-Headache: You would attach sliced potatoes to your head with a rag hoping that the pain would leave.
-Bruise: Raw meat placed on the area, especially in the case of a black eye.
-Broken arm: Smear egg whites all over your broken arm. Or you could have your arm wrapped in cactus.
-Toothache: Rinse your mouth with cow urine.
-Deep cut: Sugar placed on the cut.
-If you had an earache you would make a paper cone, place it in your ear, and then light one end of the cone–catching it on fire.