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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Anting-anting and Agimat (Amulets)

by: Master Darren

An amulet, locally known as "agimat" or "anting-anting" is an object with specific superhuman powers to protect its owner from harm or danger. There are amulets that shield its wearers from mishaps or accidents, and weapons such as knives or bullets, as well as to ward off spirit attacks and spells or kulam.

On the other hand, there are "charms" to attract good fortune or win affection, and other favors such as fertility.

In the Philippines, the most popular form of amulets are cast from metals, such as medallions or medalla, similar to those peddled outside the Quiapo Church. There are also stones which many call mutya, and oracion (prayers) which can just be murmured or written on a piece of paper. Then we have the rest - baong walang mata, baong isang mata, habak, kalmen, bote de guerra, sinamak, panyo, and so on.

The Holy Week or Semana Santa is that special period for those who believe in the powers of amulets. For one, it is a period of spiritual devotion and fasting, which boosts the special capabilities of these objects. This is also the best time to perform special rituals to give life, sanctify, and bless amulets.

By the way, don't you know that the powers of amulets fade away at 3 o'clock on Good Fridays? Well, not to worry, because they return on Easter Sundays!

While special powers can be obtained from proper usage of amulets, there are some precautions required to maintain them. For example, one should avoid being stepped over by another person (mahakbangan), or engage in a sexual activity while wearing it.  It is also forbidden to attend a funeral wake or visit a graveyard while using an agimat.

Most amulets, particularly medallions and talismans. must be constantly fed with the right prayers or oracion that are specially assigned to them.  This is very important!

Lastly, an amulet owner must not flaunt or brag about it. Hindi ito dapat ipinagyayabang.

If you're interested in learning more about amulets, bertud or anting-anting, you may contact me here.


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