Since ancient times, people have tried to get amulets and talismans, which, as they believed (and still believe today), protect from all kinds of adversity, bring money, good luck and happiness. Some varieties of amulets are widely distributed and are found in many cultures, others are characteristic only for individual peoples.
The Vikings used to keep one acorn on the windowsill to protect the house from lightning strikes sent by the thunder god Thor.
According to the beliefs of some African peoples, crocodile teeth help to win gambling games.
In Asian countries, you can get a bamboo sprout as a gift. It is believed that it brings good luck to its owner. And according to the teachings of feng shui, if you place a pot with a bamboo shoot in the eastern part of the room, it will improve the circulation of qi energy.
The triangle is an ancient symbol with many meanings, the most common of which are stability and stability. In addition, it represents three periods of the human life cycle: childhood, youth, old age.
It is considered a symbol of good luck in many Asian cultures and among American Indians. He guards the house and warns of danger with his chirping.
A horse has been considered a faithful and strong assistant of a person for thousands of years — probably that's why a horseshoe is considered as a thing that can help and attract good luck to the side of its owner. In many houses in different countries, you can see a horseshoe nailed over the door, which also serves as a talisman against all sorts of misfortunes.
This is the name of the dolls of American Indians, in which the spirits of various things seem to live. It is believed that these spirits help to get a rich harvest.
This is another magical object from the Indian culture, designed to protect the sleeper from bad dreams. According to legend, the first of the people to weave this amulet was the Indian Nokomis, who was taught this by a spider in gratitude for her salvation. In the center of the structure, a hole is left through which good dreams pass, and all bad dreams fall into the surrounding network.
The Evil Eye
In the Middle East region, an amulet is used to protect against the evil eye, which usually looks like an eye inside a circle. Tourists are willing to buy it as a local souvenir, although many probably rely on its magical abilities.
The scarab was considered a sacred animal in ancient Egypt, and talismans depicting it were highly valued. This insect represented the rising sun in ancient Egyptian culture, and was also associated with rebirth and transformation.
The Imperial Guardian Lion
Statues of guardian lions can be found in many Asian countries, especially in China. Most often, they are placed in pairs near the front entrance of rich houses, temples or palaces to protect the property of the owners from the encroachments of robbers and thieves.
According to popular belief, a ladybug brings prosperity and good luck, especially if it was on your hand. And the number of dark spots on the insect's back will tell the young wife how many children she will have.
This ancient amulet was used by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, who wore it as a symbol of eternal life. Many ancient Egyptian drawings depict gods who, with the help of ankh, gave people an afterlife.
Coins are a very common symbol of good luck, found in many cultures. It is considered a good sign to pick up a coin that has fallen up like an eagle, and then wear it around your neck, hanging it on a string. Coins are often put in the pocket of a new jacket or coat, in a purse and shoes.
The power of the dragon will pass to the person who has a talisman depicting it. It is believed that it is especially useful to have such a magic item for people building a career, because the dragon gives strong leadership qualities.
In many European countries, as well as some Asian countries, the pig represents prosperity and well-being. In Chinese mythology, the main qualities of a pig are honesty and diligence. It is not surprising that it is customary to use piggy banks in the form of this animal to collect money.
The rabbit's foot is a well — known mascot, but it must necessarily be the back. Rabbits are associated with fertility, so wearing a paw, in addition to good luck, helps to become a father or mother in the near future.
The Laughing Buddha
Among all the images of the Buddha, his laughing figurines are considered to bring especially great luck and wealth. According to the recommendation of Feng Shui, the statue of the laughing god should be placed in the western part of the house, and then it will give you good health and prosperity.
The Well of Desires
In many cultures of the world, it is customary to throw coins for good luck into wells and fountains. Previously, it was believed that in this way it was possible to appease the gods and protect the water source from drying out. In addition, you can look at your reflection in the well and make a wish, and to make sure it is fulfilled, throw a coin into the water.
This mascot also comes from Asia. The toad usually holds a coin in its mouth, on which hieroglyphs are engraved. So that the talisman works and luck does not leave you, do not put the toad so that it looks towards the door leading from the house.
It is considered a big failure to pass under a ladder leaning against a wall or a post. The resulting triangle symbolizes the Christian Holy Trinity, and such an act is considered an insult to the Holy Family. But if this still happened, then you can return your luck and fix the case by crossing your fingers and spitting three times between the steps.
Many believe that this semi-precious stone protects against the evil eye and eliminates difficulties in life. Gambling players like to wear it, to whom it seems to bring good luck and protects them from big losses.
You can unlock a locked door or even a secret place of another person's soul with the help of a properly selected key. According to the beliefs of the ancients, even the gods heard the prayers of a person who had a lucky key better. In Japan, they believe that a bunch of three keys unlocks the door to love, wealth and health.
Elephants bring good luck wherever they wander, it is believed in many countries of the Asian region. The image of a pair of elephants standing opposite each other with their trunks raised is placed near the entrance door as a symbol of hospitality. And these powerful animals symbolize wisdom and longevity.
This unique plant is closely related to Ireland, and although the chances of finding such a variety of clover are small — only 1 in 10,000, but if you are so lucky, then know that its four leaves represent good luck, faith, hope and love.