Since the beginning of history, human beings have wanted to conjure bad luck and protect themselves from dire fates or attract good fortune through objects considered to be of power. Each culture and each religion have their own amulets and those they identify with, many of them quite similar in form or origin.
The amulets and talismans are those small objects in which we turn our desires and aspirations. The company and proximity of these elements, which may contain certain phrases or drawings of esoteric meaning, attract the psychic forces necessary to change the course of our lives.
Luck charm or amulet: Anything that promotes good as a preventive measure against evil, harm, disease, witchcraft etc.
“Amulet” or “talisman” means the ornament that contains a source of protection inside to appease the spirits or that is supposed to have a supernatural power.
Talisman: Object consecrated by performing a religious ritual. Amulet that bears a magical or sacred inscription. Object that is supposed to enjoy hidden powers of influences from planets and heavenly configurations under which the magical or religious ritual has been performed.
Women from Nepal and Tibet are often seen wearing large pieces of jewellery. A close look at this jewellery shows us the rustic brands of handicrafts. Despite being pieces of jewellery, these lack the clean lines found in western markets, and it is undoubtedly evident that this Nepalese jewellery was made by hand, and not by machines.
In order to better appreciate the craftsmanship and manufacturing of Nepalese jewellery, it is necessary to understand the history and symbolism of its art. First, it is important to understand that many of the artisans of this jewellery found in the mountains of Nepal are, in fact, not Nepalese, but refugees who fled when the Chinese invaded them in the 1950s.
Jewellery plays an important role in the culture of Nepal and Tibet. Jewellery is a part of clothing, a symbol of spirituality, and a part of their daily lives. This area of the world is predominantly Buddhist. The use of jewellery is a way of approaching the gods. The jewels also have the properties of amulets, so that the protection of bad spirits for the user always considers it present.
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Most of Nepal’s jewellery is made of copper or silver, although 24K gold is also used from time to time. The amount of metal used to create the jewellery makes each piece quite heavy. A Nepalese woman who wears her jewellery, carries a lot of weight on her body.
Silk coral and filigran turquoise ghau
The most common stones used in jewellery making in Nepal are Turquoise and Coral. The colour of these stones is full of symbolism. The turquoise colour, for example, symbolises the sky and the sea and because the sky is bigger, the turquoise stone represents the infinite, or the unlimited ascension of the mind.
Although turquoise and coral are the most common stones used in jewellery making, it is also likely to find jewellery made with precious stones such as rubies and sapphires, as well as jewellery made of semi-precious stones such as amethyst, amber, jade, agate, garnet, lapis lazuli, and carnelian. Yak bone is also a popular material for jewellery making.
Many pieces of Nepalese jewellery are actually representations of Sanskrit words. These words have a particular meaning for the bearer of jewellery. The Om symbol is often incorporated into jewellery. Om is the sound of the universe when planets travel through space. This sound is relaxing and healing. The use of this symbol reminds the bearer of peace that can be found by maintaining harmony with Om. Personal mantras are also inscribed in jewellery. A mantra is a song that is used during meditation. One of the most popular mantras that is always found in Nepal jewellery is the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra. When this mantra is sung the individual connects with the melody of the universe.
Nepalese jewellery is often made to show the eight auspicious symbols that carry great meaning for the user. Each of these symbols represents an aspect of Buddhist teaching.
In Nepal, jewellery is said to contain healing properties. Bracelets as healing are often used to achieve balance with the energy of the body and the energy of the soul. These bracelets are often made of copper, nickel and brass.
Dzi beads, or pearls of God are a very important part of Buddhist jewellery. The use of these accounts dates back to 1000 BC. These accounts come in different shapes and sizes, each one capable of serving a different spiritual function. Dzi grains have the power of the amulet, which means they carry sacred powers. Some are used to protect the user from evil spirits. Others protect against natural disasters, or increase energy levels.
Ghau box, copper, turques and semiprecious stones
Ghau boxes or prayer boxes are used as amulets that provide protection for the user. These Ghau boxes are always made of silver. They carry intricate designs and are often embedded with fine stones. A Ghau box is carried on a chain like a necklace. The chain is long enough for the frame to rest next to the heart. Inside the box is a scroll that carries a prayer that has been prepared specifically for the user by a Buddhist priest. The parchment contains a symbol, a mantra, an image of the Buddha, or a prayer. Sometimes, it will contain a gemstone that carries protective powers or even a bag of healing herbs.
The culture of manufacturing this jewellery has been around for centuries, and it lasts with a rich history of the people of Nepal and Tibet.
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