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Dogon or Bamana “spritual armour” protection clothing

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Photographs © Tim Hamill

“These garments, called shirts, jackets or tunics were worn by Dogon or Bamana men for protection in the forest, from both wild animals and dangerous spirits. A successful hunter must not only be master of the forest and wild animals, but must also have the spiritual power necessary to negotiate the dangerous supernatural realm. They are often embellished with small objects, animal horns, mirrors, jewelry, and leather pouches, that provide the “spiritual armor” necessary to protect the hunter from both real and spirit forces.”

http://www.hamillgallery.com/BAMANA/BamanaHuntersShirts/BamanaShirts.html

 

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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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Binzuru

Sorry blog, I’ve been travelling. Saw this statue of Binzuru at Todai-ji Temple in Nara. An alleged master of occult powers plus you can be healed if you rub the part of him that corresponds to your affliction.

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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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Bear men

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D. Eberhard David Hauber. Biliotheca Acta et Scripta Magica. Lemod : Joh. Heinrich Mener, 1739. Page 0.3206 in The Fantastic in Art and fiction.

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