Abrus Precatprius is in the Legume (Bean and Pea) family whose vivid red and black seeds have led to common names like Lady Bug Bean and Crab’s Eye. They are carried for good luck and used in making amulets. In India and South Africa Precatory Beans are associated with witchcraft and are mainly used to decorate tools and items used in magic. In South America, Central America, and Mexico, Precatory Beans are believed to be lucky and protective, especially with regard to protecting against the evil eye as well as evil spirits.
In parts of Africa the seeds were used in the puberty ceremonies of girls and in the Obeah religion of West Africa the seed is linked to witchcraft, perhaps because of the black spot on the seed which resembles an eye. It was believed that wearing the seeds would make one invisible to the evil eye. Because of this potential to protect against evil spirits, beads of Abrus were often worn by slaves during their voyage from Africa to the New World. Natives of the Fiji Islands and India coat sacred objects by gluing the seeds on them.
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THIS PLANT SHOULD NOT BE INGESTED DUE TO ITS POISON! Ingesting one small seed is enough to kill a person. The poison is called Abrin and acts similarly to the Ricin toxin found in Castor Beans.
3 beans in a wax sealed bottle