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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A talisman of Voodoo that can be made for positive or negative purposes. One common form is a bag containing a variety of objects, although sometimes it is in the form of a cloth poppet stuffed with items. There are always an odd number of items, up to thirteen total. Items typically stuffed into the gris-gris include herbs, stones, feathers, hair, nail clippings, bones, and dust.

In West Africa, the word juju is used instead of gris-gris, although this may simply be a European variation of the native word grou-grou, which more probably is the origin of gris-gris.

It is important to note that gris-gris is a part of Voodoo, not Witchcraft. Witches are more likely to use actual talismans, amulets, and poppets in their magic.

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