Month: December 2017

Set her Teeth on Bone

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Muvari shamans who eschewed the use of narcotic mushrooms as a painkiller were known to put the bone of a beshi between the teeth of a patient before performing operations—such as removing an arrowhead or a ruptured appendix—and asking them to bite down on it. This act was obviously associated with pain and the phrase gradually evolved to encompass anything that might cause pain, whether it be a verbal or physical jab.