The Magic of Locks?

Almost a decade ago, some bridges started to be covered with locks, from Rome to Venice, to Amsterdam and also in America. A “new” romantic expression, perhaps a contemporary declination of Rumi, followed by the masses of lovers for good love life with a bit of superstition.
Eternal love is the meaning of the act, done by a couple, formulating that wish, closing then the lock on the bridge, throwing the keys in the river. We all know that and some even did it for sure.
I tried to explain that Holi tribe of Benin use locks for several other purposes (picture courtesy/copyright of SOA Museum) but it seems that love is a blind force for real 🙂

Just a curiosity about the magical use of a common and anonymous tool in different cultures across the world…

About Manuel Congo

A renowned Palero, Babalawo, Ajarn and Hougan, Manuel Congo lives in rural Italy, where he spends most of his free time touring on his custom Harley Davidson. An avid ethnographer and noted expert on Italian witchcraft, Manuel has spent decades working for elite clients around the world, conducting investigations in locales as far-flung as Togo and Thailand. He enjoys rainy days, BBQ and blondes.

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