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Acclamations, Apotropaic

Acclamations, Apotropaic  

Words or phrases expressing religious conviction in brief, exclamatory form, often found on Amulets. At first simple utterances of shared religious feeling, such acclamations lent themselves ...
Alexander of Tralles

Alexander of Tralles  

Physician; born Tralles 525, died Rome 605. According to Agathias (Agath. 5:6.3–6), Alexander was one of five prominent sons of a physician named Stephen; most famous of the brothers was ...
Amulet

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A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

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2003
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Religion
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79 words

Heb. kamea, a magical charm to protect from harm the one who possesses it or wears it. Despite the

Amulet

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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2005
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History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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643 words

(φυλακτήριον). Although it could take many forms, from medicinal animal fur to apotropaic door frames, an amulet was usually a

amulet

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)

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2009
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Archaeology, History
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26 words

[Ar]

An object which is believed by its owner to have the power to ward off evil. Sometimes bears a magical inscription to ensure efficacy....

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006
an ornament or small piece of jewellery thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease. The word is recorded from the late 16th century; it comes from Latin, but is of unknown ... More
Amulets

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

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2005

and jewelry that incorporated amuletic elements were an essential adornment worn by ancient Egyptians at every level of society, both

Amulets

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

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2003
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Religion
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55 words

In popular religion, worn or hung object on which Quranic verses, holy texts, or numerical or symbolic formula is written.

Amulets

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East

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2011
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Archaeology, History
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1,749 words

The Latin term amuletum (“an object used as a charm to avert evil”) was possibly derived from the Arabic word

Amulets

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

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2010
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Classical studies, History
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668 words
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Amulets, the small, incised stones or metal containers housing inscribed strips, are known from the entire Mediterranean basin and derive

AMULETS

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (2 ed.)

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2011
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Religion
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456 words

(Heb. qemeʿim), objects worn as charms against evil (sickness, bad luck, the “evil eye,” etc.). An amulet

amulets

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H. S. Versnel

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
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Classical studies, History
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459 words
were magically potent objects worn (hence the Greek names: περίαμμα, περίαπτον) for protection against witchcraft, illness, the evil eye, accidents, robbery, etc. (hence the Greek name: ... More
anagram

anagram  

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A word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another, such as spar, formed from rasp. Recorded from the late 16th century, the word comes via French or modern Latin from Greek ana- ...
Armband

Armband  

(usually in plural form ψελ〈λ〉ία, Lat. armillae). The term usually refers to a military ornament, worn by Germanic soldiers on the upper arm. Elsewhere, it is described as armilla gallica ...
Baʿal Shem

Baʿal Shem  

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(Heb., ‘master of the divine name’).Title given in ḥasidic and 'kabbalistic literature to those who possess secret knowledge of God's name. See also ISRAEL BEN ELIEZER, who, as a founder of ḥasidism, ...
cameo

cameo  

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Small-scale sculpture in which the design stands in relief above the surface. It is the opposite of intaglio. Often, the term refers specifically to a portrait cut in a gemstone; this form was highly ...
Chnoubis

Chnoubis  

(Ξνούβις). The deity or daimon engraved on popular medical gem amulets, the Chnoubis takes the form of a coiled serpent with a lion's head and a nimbus and rays, surrounded ...
Clothing and Personal Adornment

Clothing and Personal Adornment  

In general, clothing of pharaonic Egypt has escaped the close study that was applied to European costume of more recent millennia. This lack is gradually being rectified by textile specialists ...
Codes, Alphabetical

Codes, Alphabetical  

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A mode of expounding the Bible by means of various codes in which one Hebrew letter is substituted for another so that a word can have, in addition to its plain meaning, one or more hidden meanings ...
contraception

contraception  

(kon-tră-sep-shŏn)the prevention of unwanted pregnancy. See coitus (interruptus), condom, diaphragm, IUCD, IUS, oral contraceptive, postcoital (contraception), rhythm method, ...

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