[O]ften in the fields and on the outskirts of villages cotton threads, called “ya pilu threads,” hang from a branch or encircle the trunk of a tree, which no one will dare touch, seeing it under this protection.

  • Source: Paulme, Denise. Social organization of the Dogon (French Sudan). Paris: Éditions Domat-Montchrestien, F. Loviton et Cie, 1940..
  • Culture: Dogon
  • Location: Africa