Charms and amulets
In Islam amulets (Arab., ḥijab, ḥamāʾil; in W. Africa gri gri) are permitted in ḥadīth, and are used everywhere in the Muslim world, cf. also HAND OF FĀṬIMA.
In other religions, amulets are equally common and less surprising. Thus in Hinduism, the way in which all appearance is permeated by the spiritual and the divine makes the amulet (Skt., rakṣa; from rakṣ, ‘guard, protect’) entirely natural.
Amulets are an equally indispensable part of Chinese folk religion. Frequently pasted over doorways, they may also be worn, or else burnt, with the ashes being used to make a medicinal paste or drink.
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