European talismans

THE HAND

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The use of a representation of the Hand as a talisman can be traced back to at least 800 years B.C., when it was used as a charm against enchantment. Many varieties […]

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European talismans

Amulets or Pomanders

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The native Greenlanders of a couple of centuries ago had a great variety of amulet, and Hans Egede, in his Description of Greenland, notes these „Amulets or Pomanders” which the natives wore […]

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European talismans

ancient talismans as curative agents

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An Anglo-Saxon treatise on the medical art, from the beginning of the tenth century, the original manuscript of which was owned by an Anglo-Saxon leech named Bald, as testified to by an […]

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European talismans

Amulets in Russia

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In southern Russia amulets enjoy high power both among Jews and Christians. Especially are they valued for the protection of children and for the cure of their diseases. An imitation wolf’s-tooth, made […]

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Middle East talismans

Egyptian talismans

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Here are some talismans, which were often used as jewelry in ancient Egypt. The first is the Wedjat eye of Horus, sometimes called the eye of Ra. It was Horus’ healed eye. […]

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Asian talismans

Famous Thai talismans – CHUCHOK

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You can ask for fortune, wealth, a beautiful wife, and unexpected richness from the talisman known as Chuchok’s idol. Chuchok is thought by many Thais to be one of the very best […]

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African talismans

African talisman – general facts

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The talismans of the Akan people in Ghana are called bansuri. The Hausa and Yoruba people of Nigeria make tira, Afro Brazilians make patua, Bakongo peoples in the Congo make minkisi, and […]

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Middle East talismans

Seal of Solomon

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In Medieval Jewish, Islamic and Christian legends, the Seal of Solomon was a magical signet ring said to have been possessed by King Solomon, which variously gave him the power to command […]

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