Since ancient times people tried to acquire amulets and talismans, which they believed (and still believe) protect against all kinds of hardships, bring money, luck and happiness. Some types of amulets are widely distributed and are found in many cultures, others are specific only to individual Nations.
(Total 25 photos)
The Vikings used to hold a single acorn on the windowsill to protect the house from lightning strikes that sends God of thunder Thor.
24. The crocodile's teeth
According to the beliefs of some African peoples, the crocodile's teeth help to win in gambling.
In Asian countries, you can receive a gift of bamboo sprout. It is believed that it brings good fortune to its owner. And according to the teachings of Feng Shui, if you place the pot with the bamboo shoot in the Eastern part of the room, it will improve circulation of qi energy.
The triangle is an ancient symbol with many meanings, the most common of which is the stability and sustainability. In addition, it represents three periods of the human life cycle: childhood, youth, old age.
Considered a symbol of good luck in many Asian cultures and the American Indians. He guards the house and warns of the danger of their chirping.
The horse thousands of years is considered to be faithful and strong to help us — perhaps that is why the horseshoe is considered as a thing that can help and bring good luck to the side of its owner. In many homes in different countries over the door you can see the nailed horseshoe, which serves as a talisman against all misfortunes.
The so-called doll American Indians, in which live spirits like different things. It is believed that these spirits help to obtain a rich harvest.
This is another magic item from the culture of the Indians, designed to protect the sleeper from bad dreams. According to legend, the first people to weave this amulet was the Indian Nokomis, which taught that a single spider in gratitude for their salvation. In the center of the design is left a hole through which to pass good dreams, and in the surrounding network are all bad dreams.
17. Evil eye
In the middle East region to protect against the evil eye is an amulet, which usually looks like an eye inside the circle. Willing tourists buy local Souvenirs, although many people probably rely on his magical abilities.
The scarab was considered a sacred animal in Ancient Egypt, and charms depicting him are very appreciated. This insect represented in ancient Egyptian culture the rising sun and was associated with rebirth and transformation.
15. Imperial lion guardian
Lion statues guardian can be found in many Asian countries, especially China. Most often they are placed in pairs near the main entrance of wealthy houses, temples or palaces, to protect the masters ' property from looters and thieves.
According to popular belief, the ladybug brings prosperity and good fortune, especially if it was on your hand. And the young wife a number of dark spots on the back of the insect will tell you 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. In many ancient Egyptian drawings depicted the gods with the help of Ankh gave people an afterlife.
Coins — this is a very common good luck symbol found in many cultures. Is a good sign to pick up the coin that had fallen up the eagle, and then wear it around his neck, hanging on a string. Coins are often put in the pocket of a new jacket or coat, purse and shoes.
The power of the dragon will go to the person who is showing him the talisman. It is believed that particularly useful to have such a magic item to people, building a career, because the dragon gives strong leadership qualities.
In many countries of Europe and some countries of Asia, the pig represents prosperity and well-being. In Chinese mythology, the main qualities of the pigs are honesty and diligence. Not surprisingly, collecting the money made use of piggy banks in the form of this animal.
9. Rabbit's foot
Rabbit's foot is a well — known mascot, but she will be back. Rabbits are associated with fertility, so wearing the feet, in addition to good luck, helps in the near future to become a father or mother.
8. Laughing Buddha
Among all the Buddha images especially bringing great fortune and wealth are considered the laughing statues. On the recommendation of Feng Shui, the laughing God statue should be placed in the Western part of the house, and then she will grant you good health and prosperity.
7. The wishing well
In many cultures it is customary to throw coins into wells and fountains. It was formerly believed that in this way you can appease the gods and protect the water source from drying out. You can also look at his reflection in the well and make a wish, and that it certainly was, to throw a coin in the waters.
6. Three-legged toad
This talisman is also native to Asia. Toad usually keeps in his mouth a coin engraved with the kanji. To talisman worked and luck is not gone from you, do not put a toad so that she was facing the door leading out of the house.
It is considered very bad luck to pass under a ladder leaning against a wall or post. The resulting triangle symbolizes the Christian Holy Trinity, and such an act is considered an insult of the Holy family. However, if this happened, then return good luck and get a fix can, cross my fingers and spitting three times between steps.
4. Cat's eye
Many people believe that this gemstone protects against the evil eye and eliminates the difficulties in life. It like to wear the players in gambling, which he kind of brings good luck and protects from large losses.
To unlock a locked door, or even the hiding place of the soul of another person using a properly sized wrench. According to ancient beliefs, the gods hear the prayers of a man who was a happy key. In Japan believe that the combination of three keys that unlocks the door to love, wealth and health.
Elephants bring good luck everywhere I wander, I think in many countries in the Asian region. Picture of a pair of elephants facing each other with raised trunks, are placed near the front door as a symbol of hospitality. And yet these mighty animals symbolize wisdom and longevity.
1. Four-leaf clover
This unique plant is closely associated with Ireland, and although the chances of finding such a kind of clover is small — only 1 in 10,000, but if you're that lucky, then know that its four leaves represent luck, faith, hope and love.