This article will deal with the beginnings of the practice of usage of amulets and the root of its magical powers.
The word amulet is derived from the old Latin word "amoletum," which is literally defined as "means of defense." Amulets are specifically made for protection against all kinds of evil; evil spirits, evil eyes, evil powers, everything that is evil or brings harm to people. Hence, they are often also called protection amulets.
The use of protection amulets has been in practice since early civilization. Some of the oldest amulets date back 3,000 years ago. The Phoenicians, Babylonians, Assyrians and peoples of other ancient civilizations have been wearing amulets. The usage of amulets has also been in practice during the period of King Solomon's reign. King Solomon himself is believed to have created many protection amulets for his people.
In ancient time, the practice of wearing protection amulets is spiritual and religious. These amulets are possessed of spiritual powers and energies that protect the people wearing it. Before the amulet is worn, it must be blessed by a spiritual leader through a ritual or prayer to bestow protective powers on the object. This spiritual leader, usually a priest or a sorcerer, is knowledgeable on every aspect of amulet. Once the amulets were blessed or ritualized, the powers of gods will be transferred to the object. There are also some rituals that must be recited by the wearer from time to time in order to maintain the power of the spirits.
This practice is still present today in some areas, especially in tribal communities. However, the "blessing" of protection amulets today can be done by anyone as long as they know the ritual and they truly believe in the powers of the amulets.
Protection amulets are as widely used today as before. There are still many people who wear amulets to protect themselves against the many dangers that they face. These amulets are also as effective as its ancient predecessors. It is precisely because the prayers, rituals, and blessings are still the same no matter what form the object may be. In fact, amulets have been infused into the fashion industry. Some of the trendiest bracelets, necklaces and other jewelries that we can see at the outlet stores are, actually, amulets. These jewelries were made using materials known to have protective elements and were blessed accordingly to become protection amulets.
Certainly, protection amulets will be in existence as long as there are evil spirits or forces that bring harm or danger to each and every one of us. As long as people need some security or a sense of security, for that matter, these amulets are a handy possession people can always have