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World's Weirdest Superstitions: incense from Sensoji Temple

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Cry-Babies at Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Holy incense from Tokyo’s oldest temple is believed to carry healing powers; those who are aching and ailing will take some to rub on areas of trouble. The Japanese temple also hosts an annual superstitious, centuries-old contest called Naki Sumo that serves as a prayer for a baby’s health. Two opposing sumo wrestlers in a ring hold babies born in the prior year and try to make the other’s baby cry.

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