Sacred Charms of Power and Protection
By (author) Sheila Paine
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Amulets by Sheila Paine
Book DescriptionThe first comprehensive illustrated study of the use of amulets around the world and throughout history Explores not only the substances and symbolism from which amulets derive, but also the people and objects they protect Explains the differences between and the purposes of amulets, talismans, charms, and fetishes All over the world and throughout history amulets have offered protection against negative forces, whether witchcraft, the evil eye, enemies, sickness, or accidents. Intricately beautiful or starkly simple, they come in an astonishing variety of guises: from stones, shells, and seeds, through animal tails, teeth, and claws, to beads, mirrors, needles, and bells. With over 400 lavish color photographs, this book explores amulets from every angle, including their symbolism and the diverse material used to craft them as well as the people and objects they protect. Sheila Paine traveled all over the world--from Afghanistan, Russia, and Albania, to Cameroon, Tunisia, and Mexico--to research the form, properties, and use of amulets, whether for health and safety or as channels for spiritual or magical powers. Worn as necklaces, sewn to clothing, painted on buildings, or hung in vehicles, amulets guard babies and brides; warriors, hunters, and travelers; livestock, crops, and homes through magical, not physical, means. Malign spirits and hobgoblins at crossroads have been feared since ancient times, but modern dangers--car crashes, new diseases, even cell phones--have ensured an abiding faith in the magical protection that amulets afford us that is still widely evident today."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781594770258
(258mm x 222mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sheila Paine
Embroidered Textiles, Paperback (September 2010)
Examines the symbolism behind the motifs and patterns of embroidered textiles, from Ghanaian patchwork banners to Egyptian headshawls. This guide is suitable for those who are interested in textiles, costume or craft.
Golden Horde, Paperback (October 2006)» View all books by Sheila Paine
Reveals the ancient threads that culturally bind Central Asia and Europe. Starting in the forbidden valley of Palas in Pakistan, the author travels through the former territories of the Soviet Union through the lands of Genghis Khan's Golden Horde and into Soviet Central Asia. She follows ancient trading routes.
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Author Biography - Sheila Paine
Sheila Paine is an expert on tribal societies and textiles and is the author of Embroidered Textiles: Traditional Patterns from Five Continents and the trilogy The Afghan Amulet: Travels from the Hindu Kush to Razgrad, The Golden Horde: Travels from the Himalaya to Karpathos, and The Linen Goddess: Travels from the Red Sea to Prizren. She lives in England.
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