According to the Croatian national beliefs, witches can steal milk from cows. During the young moon, the witch takes a long rope and ties it to the front door pillar from the street side of the house. She puts the pot under the rope end and makes movements as if milking a cow. People, who saw the witch doing it, swore they saw milk flowing from the rope to the pot in a dense and strong stream.
Defense against the witches was having garlic in your pocket because the sharp scent of garlic chases witches away and protects from all possible witchcraft.