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"Usog" is a concept in psycho-medicine in Filipino Psychology where an affliction or psychological disorder is attributed to a greeting by a stranger. It usually affects an unsuspecting child, usually an infant, who has been greeted by a visitor or a stranger. Once affected, the child begins to develop fever, and sometimes convulsions. Supposedly, to counter the effects of "usog" the stranger or newcomer is asked to put some of his or her saliva on the baby's tummy or forehead before leaving the house, then leaves while saying: "Pwera usog... pwera usog..." The stranger is never to lick the child; the saliva is placed on the finger first, before the finger is rubbed on the baby's tummy or forehead ("lalawayan") to prevent the child from getting overpowered.
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