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The power of a safety pin

Walking around Thailand, one will notice that most pregnant women have a safety pin attached to the outside of their shirt. At first I thought it was to attach the shirt/dress to an undershirt to prevent the wind from blowing it up. But then I realized it must have real meaning because it was even on tight clothing. I asked the Thai English teacher I work with (his wife happens to be pregnant). He told me that it is used to protect the baby from bad spirits and keep it healthy inside of the womb. A safety pin is even put inside of children’s clothing to protect them as well.