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Early Christian Amulets

9th September 2015
Posted by S Taylor

In the early years, the Church tried to ban the use of amulets on account of their known pagan origin and association.    Although by 400 AD the old pagan religion of Egypt had officially been proscribed by the Coptic Church, age-old customs died hard. Despite all the efforts of the hierarchy, people continued to carry […]

Amulets in Great Britain

2nd September 2015
Posted by S Taylor

The amuletic use of the Fylfot for protection also spread to the British Isles. There is an example from the Cuerdale Hoard from Lancashire, and from the Goldborough Hoard from Yorkshire. The latter shows close resemblance to the Christian cross and may have been a Christian amulet. Sometimes the Thorshammar or T-shaped bones were used […]

Amulets in The Celtic World

24th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

The wheel and its analogues – including the Swastika – were frequently-used symbols in the Celtic world, representing the movement of the sun across the sky. Tiny models of wheels have been found, undoubtedly of ritual significance. In practice, these models would often be worn as amuletic “good luck” symbols. Swastika marks on pottery seem […]

Amulets in Northern Europe

18th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

In Estonia, vestiges of pagan religion have been found in the form of grave goods. There was a widespread use of protective amulets and pendants, even after Christianity had begun to penetrate. As recently as the late medieval period, amulets were often placed in graves with the dead, apparently as part of a cult of […]

Amulets in the East

14th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

There are numerous examples of amuletic usage in the Far East involving the Swastika or its equivalent. A çakra (Sanskrit, wheel) amulet from Tibet has four Swastikas in its design, to be worn when one’s “effectiveness is impeded by adverse forces.” From a very early period the Chinese had great faith in the power of […]

An Introduction to Amulets and Talismans

11th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

Not many readers would immediately associate the Swastika with amulets. Yet the efficacy of the Swastika as an amulet or talisman was acknowledged in  a variety of contexts both sacred and secular in East and West. The numerous examples cited in the Chapter on ”Amulets” in The Fylfot File demonstrate the wide popularity of this […]