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Octopus Lure

Superficial scratches on surface, as from use. CULT unknown Tonga Polynesia Octopus lures were used to attract the octopus and so are made of cowrie shell to resemble shellfish. Polynesian tradition holds that they are made in the shape of the octopus' mythical enemy, the rat, and so the shape attracts the octopus, which is seeking revenge for the rat's ingratitude after the octopus had helped him…