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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Amulets and Talismans

Many gypsies carry amulets and talismans as good luck charms.

In gypsy lore an amulet is an item from nature that is either naturally, or artificially (through ritual), charged with magical power. A typical amulet would be a stone with a hole through it or a rabbit's foot.

Talismans, on the other hand, are manmade objects charged with magical power by the gypsy sorcerer. A typical talisman would be a piece of parchment or a coin, which has been inscribed with specific symbols, or words of power.

Amulets and talismans are usually carried on the gypsy's person in a cloth or leather pouch, known as a "putsi" or "parik-til". You might see a gypsy woman wearing a putsi hanging from a cord around her neck. To the non-gypsy this looks like nothing more than an accessory to her colourful dress, but in fact it would likely contain amulets and talismans, and other magical items.

From: Gypsy Magic by Patrinella Cooper

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