Iron in folklore

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Iron has an important role in folklore.

Europe[change | change source]

Cold Iron means weapons. Later, it came to mean horseshoes & fences.

  • If you put an iron fence around a cemetery, the ghosts can’t leave the cemetery.
  • If you put a knife under your doormat, witches can’t enter.

Tibet[change | change source]

In Tibet, iron from meteors is precious. Tibetan gods used weapons made from meteoric iron. Because Tibet is so high, Tibet had many meteors fall.