Religion and Amulets
The principal religious use for beads is for prayer strands. Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox members, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Baha'i members all employ them.
I have used the term "amulets" because it is widely recognized. Under this term may be grouped charms, amulets and talismans. Charms is the widest of these terms, encompassing the other two. An amulet is meant to keep harm away, while a talisman brings good luck. Many people use these. In ancient times Egypt employed them most heavily. In our day that honor goes to Thailand.
A modern use of amulets is the Mala Bracelet or Power Bracelet that became popular in 1999. This page discusses the use of stones as amulets.
The Lucky Charms gallery presents a glimpse of amulets and talismans from around the world though a series of cigarette cards from the 1920s.
The page of Egyptian Amulets and its related pages gives one an insight into ancient practice through a collection formed by a remarkable man and donated to the Center.
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