National Geographic : 1947 Jul
Demon Trap TRAVELERS returning from Tibet tell of an interesting way Tibetans have of trying to protect their homes against demons. A Tibetan, suspecting that evil spirits are lurking about, ready to set the house on fire or to cause some other disastrous accident, builds himself a demon trap. With pieces of colored yarn, bits of silk, and a few sticks he fashions a cage-like device, from the center of which he hangs a ram's head.On the sticks he fastens wooden images representing his house and members of his family. Then, he hangs his demon trap above the doorway. Demons on the prowl looking for a chance to harm the family are, he believes, fascinated by the bright colors of the trap. They fly into it, to vent their wrath on bits of wood which they mistake for the real objects of their devilment. The Tibetans' demon traps are typical of the efforts that man has made for centuries to keep trouble from camping on his doorstep. None of these worked. But modern man has something that does work. It's insurance. Insurance cannot prevent casualties and mishaps, but it does prevent them from upsetting the security of the family. Today, by means of fire, accident, burglary, automobile, life, and many other kinds of insur ance, man is able to protect himself and his fam ily from the financial consequences of most kinds of trouble. To help you figure out what kind of protec tion you need for safety and security, why not have a chat with your Travelers agent or broker today? MORAL: INSURE IN The Travelers ALL FORMS OF INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS The Travelers Insurance Company, The Trav elers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.