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Amulet (2) - India

Price: $125.00





Title: Amulet

Material: Silver, gold and other metals

People: Various peoples; specifically Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and tribal people

Country: India; predominately Rajasthan and Gajarat

Description:
Amulets are energized power objects created to coerce the divine and
to protect its wearer by counteracting the malicious forces of the spirit world who may
cause harm, illness or disease. Invented generations ago, the use of amulets are still today
universal across India. This is partly do to the faith one has in its working power and partly
to the idea that it provides the wearer with a sense of identity within a community that
shares the same beliefs.

The making of an amulet is done by a skilled blacksmith and specialty jeweler. To
energize and activate the amulet, it is brought to a priest (purohit) or shaman (kahin) who
performs magical incantations and rituals upon the amulet. At the time of its activation, in
order for the amulet to properly work, the amulet and its reciever must go through ritual
purity together.

Amulets are typically worn around the neck. However, they may also be placed on
any part of the body to which they are meant to protect; such as the head, arm, wrist,
fingers, legs and toes. Besides being worn on a daily basis or during times of psychological
stress, the most common use of the amulet is in connection with religious rituals, such as
the rite-of-passage events in the life stages of a male or female Hindu. Central to its use is
the idea that every Hindu deity is believed to possess divine powers that, upon request
from a devotee, they will dispense.

Dimensions: 3 1/2" height x 2 1/4" width x 1/4" depth; 9 1/2" outer circumference

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