The amulet is a charm that is generally known for its power to protect from danger. It is an ornament that may be used as a pendant or like charm objects that hang from necklaces
They may come in the form of statues, coins, rings. Some are also like chants in Sanskrit and Pali embroidered on tapestries. Anything of the sort is a potential amulet and can be used as a charm to ward off evil from your home and your life.
Amulets being a very cultural religious concept differ from culture to culture, country to country and religion to religion. Different cultures have their own amulets and they are more popular among pagan cultures than others. In ancient Rome, images of pagan gods on gemstones, like amethyst, ruby, emerald was a charm to ward off evil. In China and Japan, fulu, a style of calligraphy was used. In Christianity for instance, the crucifix is one of the amulets. It is worn by Christians around the world in the form of pendants and bracelets or carried as the rosary Scapulars and the holy water to qualify.
Types of Laos amulets
Black magic voodoo and keeping of amulets and charms are a big part of the culture of south Asia. Laos amulets in particular are known to be a big part of the culture and customs. Vietnamese amulets are broadly of four types. The first is the khurang rang. They are mostly the potent objects available naturally like certain ores and rare seeds amongst others. This is mostly worn by poorer people and thereby comparatively more popular as well. The second type is the phra khruang. This is the image of the Buddha in a pendant or tablet shaped charms or sometimes even a small statue in metal or clay. This is among the most popular ones that claim to protect the entire household from evil and curse. The third is a kuryung pul sek, they are spells or incantations. The fourth is a wan ya, the use of plants and root to create medicines. It is the art of communicating with spirits.
Antique shops in Laos store a variety of amulets ranging from the Buddha charms to lord Vishnu and the Trishula. The Garuda Khmer dagger is a dagger with intricate patterns made on it. Generally in clay this amulet is meant to be carried along. Meed Mor magical knife is available in quite a few variants in design. While one is shaped like a serpent, another looks like a regular knife. Another type of amulets includes the Buddha structures. Phra kru lopburi thai seated Buddha is the most traditional structure of the Buddha. This is available in the form of statues or charms and pendants known for its property to ward off evil. The Lord Vishnu amulet bangle and the sudarshana chakra are also among these. Generally, amulets are little replicas of those instruments that offer self defense like knives and daggers and knuckles. Other than these, they are idols of Gods and pendants or tiny rings that have chants engraved. When you have a power you believe in close to you, a feeling of being able to overcome evil comes naturally. This is what the amulet does.