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Another Cleveland usage is, when a mare foals to hang up ‘the cleansings’ (the placenta) in a tree, preferably in a thorn or failing that a crab tree; the motive assigned being to secure ‘luck with the foal.’ Should the birth take place in the fields, this suspension is most carefully attended to, while as for the requirements of such events at the homestead, in not a few instances there is a certain tree not far from the farm-buildings still specially marked out for the reception of these peculiar pendants…Certainly in the case of the mare the offering would originally have been to Odin.

J.C Atkinson Notes & Queries.

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