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Amulets and Talismans by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge

By Sir E. A. Wallis Budge

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G. the YAzinis, who worshipped the Devil. And even in Europe there are many more adherents to Satanism than is commonly thought. e. Darkness and Evil, and Good and Light, such as have been described in the preceding paragraphs, still less to invent them. It seems to have been instinct rather than reason which directed him to the use of amulets and talismans as a means of defence against the Evil Eye and the attacks of evil spirits, and which induced him to believe that the things which he chose as amulets possessed some innate power to protect him.

FETISH The word FETISH is of Portuguese origin. e. e. e. " witch­ craft . " The word was, as D R . g. , which 16 AMULETS AND TALISMANS were in use among the Roman Catholic natives on the west coast of Africa in the XVth and XVIth centuries. The natives themselves used quite other words to describe their amulets and talismans which they regarded as " Medicine," because they healed sicknesses as well as warded off evils. Thus we have " Gri-gri , " " Juju," " Wong," " Monda," " Mkissi," " Biang, " etc.

The Kabbala Denudata by Baron von RosENROTH (r677-78) , and the 4-abbdlih by Ginsburg (r865) , and the works of Mr. ah is very successfully handled by Dr. E RIC H BISCHOFF, a skilled Hebraist, in his Die Kabbalah (Einjuhrung) , Leipzig, 1923, and more fully in his larger work, Die Elemente der Kabbalah, 2 vols. , rgzo. The student will also find much of interest in the German translations of the old books of magic by PETER of Abano, PICTORIUS of Villingen, GERHARD of Cremona, in LINDEN's edition of CoRNELIUS A GRIPPA , 3 vols.

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