"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."... Act IV scene 1 of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth. The speaker is the second witch. Macabre photography by Bob Orsillo
A scarecrow is a device – traditionally a human figure or mannequin dressed in old clothes – placed in fields by farmers to discourage birds such as crows or sparrows from disturbing and feeding on recently cast seed and growing crops.
In Kojiki, the oldest surviving book in Japan (compiled in the year 712), a scarecrow known as Kuebiko appears as a deity who cannot walk, yet knows everything about the world.
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