Amulets are charms that are known for their power to protect their wearers from different kinds of dangers. As an ornament, it may be used as a pendant that serves as a charm that is worn as a necklace. They come in different forms including coins, rings and statues. Some of them resemble chants in Pali and Sanskrit that are embroidered on tapestries. Well, anything that takes these forms is as good as an amulet that can ward off evil both from your home and life. |
Since they are cultural-religious, different people have different ideologies of amulets. Although each culture has their amulets, they are very popular in pagan cultures. For instance, in ancient Rome, many images of the pagan gods such as ruby and emerald on gemstones were used as amulets. Christians consider the crucifix their amulet and you will notice that most of them wear these amulets in form of bracelets and pendants.
South Asia takes a lot of pride in their culture. Keeping charms, amulets and black magic voodoo are a significant part of their culture. For instance, Laos amulets are particularly known to be important for their customs and culture. The following are the major types of Vietnamese amulets;
Khurang rang: These are major amulets and they are mostly the naturally potent objects that Vietnamese have. Rare seeds and ores are treated as amulets. They are very popular because they are often worn by the poorer members of the society who tend to be the majority of the populace.
Phra Khurang: This amulet is the portrait of the Buddha encrypted in a tablet shaped or pendant charm. The portrait can also be found in minute statues of clay and metals. Since they are known to protect households from curses and evil, they are popular.
Kuryung pul sek: these amulets are simply incantations if not spells.
Wan ya: this is a strong amulet manifest in the use of herbal medicine. It is known as the art of communicating with the spirits in order to solve physical problems.
Most traditional shops in Laos keep a wide variety of amulets. You will not fail to see the Buddha charms, Trishula and lord Vishnu. You are also likely to come across Garuda Khmer dagger which is a clay amulet that features intricate patterns. It is designed to be carried around. However, the Meed Mor Magical knife, though available comes in limited designed. For example, whereas some of them take the form of a serpent, others take the form of a standard knife. Buddha structures are also a category of amulets. The most traditional of the structures of Buddha is the ancient Phra Kru Lopburi Thai in which the Buddha is seated. It comes in different forms including pendants, charms and statues to ward off evil. This category also includes Lord Vishnu and sudarshana chakra. Ideally, amulets are an imitation of the objects that are used for self-defense such as daggers, knives and knuckles and gods whom you have faith in.
Laos amulets are a superb form of Art that is treasured in the Vietnamese culture. It has power to protect people from evil. Since many people believe them, you will find amulets in most Antique shops all over Asia and Cambodia. Furthermore, they are some beautiful pieces that you will want to try!
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