The Story of the Amulet: Locating the Enchantment of Collections

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The term "amulet" derives from the Latin (amuletum), indicating the Romans' belief in the power of amulets as protection from evil spells. Near some of the oldest known human remains, ancient amulets portraying fertility and animals have been discovered. Shells, claws, teeth, and crystalline solids dated to 25,000 B.C.E. have also been discovered; carved with symbols and sporting small holes, the artifacts were most likely worn as necklaces.

Since the dawn of time, creatures have often used amulets as metaphors. A rabbit's foot is a modern amulet that, when rubbed, triggers to give luck. Whenever a wishbone from either a bird's breast is split with a spouse, it is said to give wishes to the person who is lucky enough to possess the larger half. Magical Talismans Charms & Amulets is a common occurrence at Thanksgiving Day dinners. In modern times, metal depictions of wishbones and rabbit's feet are becoming common amulets.


Since ancient times, bells have been connected with supernatural phenomena and the spirit world. Goddess images in the form of bells were common. To fend off evil, ancient Jews wore bells attached to their clothes.

The practice of ringing bells or death knells for the dead goes back decades. Some scholars claim that the tradition of ringing bells at the moment of death emerged from a desire to frighten away evil spirits who lurk beside a body, waiting for an opportunity to steal the recently released soul. Bells were only rung when important people died in ancient times, but with the advent of Christianity, it became customary to ring mortality during funeral services for all church members.

During outbreaks in medieval times, bells were started ringing in the expectation of clearing the air of disease. Church bells were thought to have unique mystical or supernatural powers because of their location, hanging between heaven and earth, protecting the doorway between the material and non-material worlds and scaring demons away. In a similar way, the Buddhists' holy bell, the ghanta, serves the divine expression by pushing away negative entities and allowing benevolent spirits to manifest. A bell's very tone is a sign of creative strength.


Since antiquity, candle burning has been synonymous with religious and mystical rituals. In many religions, lighting a candle in respectful remembrance of a person who has died is a traditional practice. Many people assume that the light of a single candle reflects the illumination of the spirit in the midst of worldly despair or death.


Various Celtic rites involved the use of cauldrons. Some cauldrons were thought to have magical powers, such as not boiling the meat of a coward or an immoral human, granting divine inspiration, or supplying large amounts of food. Cauldrons have been used in fertility ceremonies by the early Celts, and "cauldrons of plenty" were synonymous with abundance. The Celtic goddess Cerridwen's mead offered divine knowledge, while the goddess Branwen's mead promised rebirth.

Crystals are a type of mineral

Many ancient cultures regarded crystals as precious, and they still do today—both for the empirical and magical properties. Radios, lasers, and computers, among other devices, use crystals, and native American healers and Modern Age proponents of alternative medicine claim they have magical healing properties.

Quartz crystal was prized by the Greeks And Romans for its uniqueness and spiritual powers. The Greek people claimed that the natural quartz, with its crystalline form, was liquid that had been frozen so deeply that it could not be frozen, and they named it "krystallos," from the Greek word "kryos," which means "icy cold."

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