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The ant is called by the peasantry a Muryan. Believing that they are the Small People in their state of decay from off the earth, it is deemed most unlucky to destroy a colony of ants. If you place a oiece of tin in a bank of Muryans at a certain age of the moon, it will be turned into silver.

[a] Murrian, Welsh, "Crig-murrian," the hill of ants.

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