Category Archives: magic

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Lisbon Cap

Screencaps from the Halloween special of Great British Ghosts at Carnfield Hall in Alfreton, Derbyshire. Click for bigger images. The owner shows a ‘Lisbon Cap’ which is meant for protection against witchcraft. He says it’s the only one in existence – does anyone know if that’s really true?

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Akhnif

An akhnif is a cloak worn in Morocco by Jewish and Berber males. The eye shape is thought to be protection against the evil eye.

Akhnif from Textile Museum of Canada

Akhnif from the Jewish Moroccan Heritage Museum

Akhnif from Marrakesh Express

Boy’s brown akhnif…The narrow, long henna-dyed “lens” unambiguously represents a vulva. It is the symbol for the mother who all her life “carries her son in her womb” and lovingly hopes to protect him with this cape.

From ‘Berber Carpets of Morocco: The Symbols Origin and Meaning’ By Bruno Barbatti.

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Persian talismans

 

Talisman of a magic square and patterns to enable a woman to control her husband, from 'Persian Charming Talisman Genie White Magic Book'

From The Patterns of Persian Henna (pdf) by Catherine Cartwright-Jones

Pictorial Book on Talisman, Charm & Mysterious Sciences in Persian ( Farsi ) via Asherah6666

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Chinese children’s hats

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http://www.1860-1960.com/hats.html#ethnic

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More on textiletreasures.info too.

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Eyebrow painting of North African women

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All from Harquus: North African Women’s Traditional Body Art Volume 2: Paint (pdf) by Catherine Cartwright-Jones.

“A person with thick, black eyebrows can see better in very bright light, and will be less likely to squint. Eyebrow paint may have had the same function as sunglasses, while accenting expressive eyebrow movement.

I think I prefer the explanation from Catherine’s Introduction to Harquus Part 2: Kohl and Surma (pdf):

“Some women believed that blackening their eyelids and eyebrows would protect them from the glance of the Evil Eye, and also prevent them from transmitting the Evil Eye to another person.”

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Tribal women of Formosa

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According to Masegseg Jingror: “”Tattoo marking is a common practice among the…Atayal. For women, having tattoo marks on one’s face and body means three things: First, it is a symbol of reaching maturity.Second, it indicates that she is a person capable [of] weaving. And finally but not the least, when they pass away they can recognize the spirits of their ancestors in heaven through the design of the tattoo marks.Besides, tattoo marks were believed to have magical power which enabled them to avoid evil forces. But more importantly, tattoos are marks of their identity indicating to which tribe they belong”” (Tung 1996, p.152).

Gerald Warner Taiwan image collection.

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Pict warriors

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Engravings by Theodore de Bry’s based on paintings by John White found on dornai.com. Another image here: [http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/debry&CISOPTR=52&CISOBOX=1&REC=1] of a Pictish woman with flowery tattoos. There’s two other images of Picts in this set but I can’t find them, any help out there?

“In the English translation of this text, Thomas Hariot describes this image: “The trvve picture of a yonge dowgter of the Pictes III. THe yong dougters of the pictes, did also lett their haire flyinge, and wear also painted ouer all the body, so much that noe men could not faynde any different, yf the hath not vse of another fashion of paintinge, for the did paint themselues of sondrye kinds of flours, and of the fairest that they cowld feynde. being fournished for the rest of such kinds of weappon as the woemen wear as you may see by this present picture a thinge trwelly worthie of admiration.” Source: Thomas Hariot, “A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia.” Frankfort: Theodore De Bry, 1590.”

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HOME PROTECTION

At my parents’ house.

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TAO MAGIC THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF DIAGRAMS & CALLIGRAPHY BY LASZLO LEGEZA

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…marbled pattern of ch’i painted on the forehead in theatrical make-up…recalls the shamanistic masks used in Taoist magic.

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Exorcist charm of a Heavenly Messenger riding a Dragon, to be used against the evil influences of Darkness

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75: Talisman to repel demons

77: ‘Tao penetrates Heaven and Earth and has qualities beyond Form’

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