In Spain and in Latin America, a cross of salt is said to protect from thunderstorms, and hailstorms in particular. Customs vary from making a cross of coarse salt with a knife stuck in the middle, to making a salt cross in the garden, or in all corners of the house.

The custom has origins in Spain, but also native South Americans are reported to have used the salt cross. Articles in Spanish language newspapers, i.e. La Voz del Sur, Diario Uno, La Nacion, Pagina 12 and many others, as well as tutorials on tiktok and youtube – suggest that the custom is still alive and being practiced today. In some cases, protection with a salt cross is mentioned in a wider sense to protect from evil spirits.


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