Friday, June 09, 2006

Taoist Talisman

Taoist Talisman

Chinese talismans have the same function as Ba Gua - to ward off evil spirits, and are often small pieces of paper or cloth with prayers or mantras written on them. Buddhist talismans are small pieces of yellow cloth with sacred writings from Buddhist scriptures and a picture of Buddha painted on it. Taoist talismans are also made of yellow cloth, but instead contain mantras from the I-Ching. Talismans can be worn or hung on doors. It is particularly common for children to wear talismans as it is believed that they are too young to fight off evil energies by themselves.


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