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What is your strength, Amulet?

Since ancient times, trying to protect themselves, people endowed various objects with mystical, supernatural properties. Various amulets, talismans, amulets from ancient times could have different meanings, but they all had one function – to protect and protect a person.

An amulet was considered an object, which was attributed to the miraculous ability to protect the owner from disasters, illness and “evil spells.” The amulet was credited with the magical ability to protect or protect people and animals, especially the warrior and his horse, home and utensils, tools and weapons from evil demons and envious people. Amulets could be protective and prosperous, signs or objects, such as semiprecious and precious stones. Amulets were worn as ornaments on the neck, on the fingers or on the hand, sewn to clothes. Clay amulets, made in the form of masks, were hung in houses and workshops. Amulets could even make up part of the clothes, for example, a bull in Etruria, which later in the form of a golden capsule was worn by Roman boys until adolescence.

Stone amulet “Happiness for two” The first time the amulet was mentioned by Pliny and meant a remedy against poison. To date, there are several versions about the origin of the word amulet. According to one version, the word amulet comes from the Latin amoliri, scil. fascinum, which means enchantment. Another version that the word amulet comes from the Arabic hamala is to wear.
It is not known for certain which country is considered the homeland of amulets. Amulets, talismans, charms, and other security items were and are found in many countries, with the only difference being that they were more common in some, less in others.

For example, the oldest amulets were discovered in Egypt, and were made in the shape of a Scarab.

The Greeks called a protective agent phylacterion and wore the baby at birth. The same custom was with the Romans, who used for this tile of different shapes from different materials with mysterious signs or phrases.

In Babylon, cylindrical, and later conical, seals were a very common type of amulets. The inhabitants of Babylon, and later the Assyrians, exchanged their prints and clay tablets at the conclusion of a wide variety of transactions.

In India, kauri shells are widespread. The protective properties of the shells were explained by the fact that they look similar to the head of a snake that opened its mouth. It was believed that an evil person, thinking of harming a person, would necessarily hold his gaze on such a sink, would be interested and distracted, and the evil eye would lose its focus and strength.

A Hebrew amulet that brings success in trade, income Most of the Hebrew amulets were wearable jewelry or clothing items, that is, intended exclusively for personal use.

In ancient Christianity, breast crosses, phylacteries and medals were considered the most common protective means, but they were not considered amulets, as they were Christian symbols and were allowed by the church. However, at that time talismans, amulets, amulets and other security items were quite common.

The church constantly fought against magical, protective means, since they were the legacy of paganism, and passed into it, according to various sources, from Gnostic sects. But, despite these strict prohibitions, the amulets did not cease to exist and “survived” to our days.

Amulet made of bones Male Spirit-patron Now amulets, talismans, charms, and other security items are widely used in our lives. They are still condemned by the church, but at the same time, in my opinion, have gained even greater popularity. Today you can meet them more often and learn about them is much easier than even 5 years ago, not to mention the distant past.

Now you can easily find information on how to make an amulet yourself, how to properly charge it, even there are rules for using amulets, talismans. In almost any bookstore you can find literature on this topic. Or find this information on the pages of numerous sites dedicated to this topic. Now even many of these sources offer not to take risks, making the amulet themselves, but to purchase a ready-made amulet or talisman in special salons. And the windows of occult shops offer the widest selection of goods and guarantee their success. In such stores, today you can find the amulet of dreams, the amulet of tranquility, the amulet of passion, the amulet of mascot, the talisman of the happy palm, the amulet of the evil eye, the amulet of providence shield, good luck envelopes, rugs for money and many other goods to solve any problems.

Can amulets and talismans really solve the problems of their master? Can amulets really protect and save? If so, then what is the mystical power of amulets? And if this is not so? Then why do so many people believe in them?

Perhaps the condemnation and prohibitions of the church played a role, because, as you know, the forbidden fruit is always sweet, especially if it is shrouded in a magical halo of mystery.

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