Jewels as Amulets The origin of amuletsit began with nature Early humans used primarily flowers, seeds, branches and animal parts for ornaments. Later, through a magico-religious process, they discovered that these same ornaments could be used as amulets. Inquire about your neighbour before you buildand your companion before you travel This ancient Arabic proverb conjures up human caution. Born of fear, we sought protection. Amulets. The notion of the evil eye was widespread across all ancient cultures. Humans devised elaborate ornaments and rituals to remove the evil eye…from their homes, family and themselves. Often, it involved wearing jewellery. He who gazeth at the skymight stumble on the earth Ranging from Turkish nazar bracelets to the ghoulish pumpkins kept outside homes in India, humans have long sought after ways to protect themselves from the evil eye. An amulet is protection. It began with trees (bilva) and twigs (sandalwood), seeds (rudraksha) and stone (saligrama) Magico-religious and social belief of tribals of district Udaipur, Rajasthan Karugu mani for protectionBlack beads are the first ornament given to brides The Atharva Veda calls amulets as “mani”, the same word used for pearls. It lists 36 “manis” from various flora and fauna. The word, mani comes from “that which makes a sound.” Mani also refers to gems. Solve your problems with a sheaf of wheatHung in the threshold of your home Amulets are hung in homes, worn on the person, and used in ritual. Jewels form a substantial portion of amulets. The “madaries” of Punjab treat ailments with enchanted water, red threads, and amulets strengthened with mantras and prayers. Consider this recipe for an amulet based on the Atharva Veda, which by the way, is full of magical charms and amulets. Allow a bilva twig to sit in a concoction of ghee and honey. Chant the mantra, “grhtad ulluptaha,” (snatched out of ghee) and tie the twig on your hand. It will protect you from all manner of illnesses and enemies. Gems that connect to planetsare often used as amulets Gems connected to the moon– like pearls– were considered cooling. Yellow stones were linked to the sun’s energy. Green with fertility. Red with passion. Here is a thought. Why not wear gems as solitaires and see what they do to your day. To your week. Do they cause happiness? Or volatility? The why and how of amulets The earth that holds treasures manifold in secret places, wealth, jewels, and gold shall she give to me; she that bestows wealth liberally, the kindly goddess, wealth shall she bestow upon us! Atharva Veda By Shoba Narayan|2019-09-27T16:23:05+05:30July 5th, 2019|Categories: Meaning, Overview|Tags: amulets, fetish, meaning, overview, talisman|0 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterRedditLinkedInTumblrPinterestVk About the Author: Shoba Narayan Related Posts Who decided what to adorn September 30th, 2019 | 0 Comments Caste in Jewellery Making August 8th, 2019 | 0 Comments Triratna Pendant. Sunga Period Welcome to Overview July 22nd, 2019 | 0 Comments Planets and Gems July 15th, 2019 | 0 Comments The Indian Aesthetic July 15th, 2019 | 0 Comments Makara Across Cultures July 15th, 2019 | 0 Comments Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.