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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

Salt has had a strong significance in a lot of different religions for millennia. I believe that salt used for the explicit purpose of repelling demons originates from Buddhism or Shintoism, where ...
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Why is silver in particular effective against dark creatures like vampires?

First I'll get this out of the way: No research is truly comprehensive without TVTropes: The myth of silver's mystical properties goes deep into human history. As a noble metal akin to gold, this ...
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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

Salt is a preservative. The Tarim Mummies were preserved in salt for 4000 years. If you pack meat in salt it will not rot. (Because it sucks all the water out and kills any bacteria. Water is ...
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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

Why is salt associated with repelling of demons? This seems like an almost impossible question to answer. The origins are very obscure. Firstly, what does salt symbolize? Judeo-Christian traditions ...
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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

Salt is a natural cleanser, and can be used to scour out pots, as toothpaste, to remove rust, etc. (See this page for more.) So it's not a big leap from there to supernatural cleansing. As for salting ...
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