March 16, 2013

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Talisman and Amulet: Different Kinds of Good Luck Charms from Every Culture

You may be familiar with good luck charms or amulet objects from your own culture? but do you believe on it? me? yes, I'm a good luck charms believer ever since child,  we made a researched for different kinds of good luck charm that still new generation of people believe.

 we list the selected types of good luck charms not just from one country but for some other countries too,  Some of these symbols are seen as lucky and Other symbols are seen as having the ability to bring good fortune. Different cultures also have symbols for warding off bad fortune or luck. A couple of these symbols are seen as wish makers. below are the most popular symbols of luck from around the world and also the good luck charms that until now i still use and believe. 
-Insects-Crickets - These insects are considered good luck in Asia. Crickets have also made their way into pop culture, including Cri-kee in Disney's Mulan and Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio. There was also The Cricket in Times Square from the great Chuck Jones.                                        ( 
Ladybugs -When a ladybug lands on you it is said to be good luck. Killing a ladybug is considered bad luck.                                              ( 
Dragonflies - are another lucky insect. The dragonfly was once considered to be a sign of a "good rice harvest"(Twin Groves Museums in the Classroom).                                              ( 
Scarabs - date back to Ancient Egypt, when scarabs where considered good luck beetles.                                               ( 


Acorns - In Norse folklore, both the acorn and its bearer, the oak tree bring good fortune. A lone acorn is also thought to ward off lightening when placed in a windowsill. For more about the acorn and oak trees, read Superstitions About the Oak Tree and the Acorn.                                                     (


Rainbows - are considered lucky because we all know if we find the end of the rainbow there will be pot of gold. A rainbow also has seven easily discernible colors. The number seven is mentioned below. Gems and Minerals.


are considered lucky in many different cultures including the Ancient cultures of Greece, Sumer, Egypt, and Rome. For "Christians and Native Americans, the dolphin is a symbol of protection, and its image is said to bring good luck." (Ancient Spiral)

Pigs - are considered a symbol of good luck in Germanic cultures.

Tortoises - are considered a good luck symbol in Feng-Shui decorating.                                          (
Elephants - Feng Shui and the Ganeshsa is the Hindu God of Luck. The elephant has also made its way into British, Canadian and United States cultures as a good luck charm in the 1930s.

Red Bats - are considered lucky in China. The red bat is thought to ward of evil. Five red bats can also represent the "five good fortunes" of health, love, longevity, love, wealth and virtue (

Tigers - are considered lucky in Chinese astrology. The tiger is also considered a protector against certain evils including theft and fire. ( Animal parts, not as attractive as symbols of whole animals, are also thought to be lucky. A rabbit's foot in Western cultures is generally lucky, and alligator teeth are said to bring luck to gamblers (Africa).

Icons and Figures-

Buddha - charm or statue is thought of as being lucky, especially if you rub the Buddha's belly.

Daruma - One of the most popular talismans of good luck in modern Japan is the armless, legless, and eyeless Daruma doll, or tumbling doll. according to This has the meaning of standing up positively even if failing, and has the meaning of reaching the objective. Moreover, the design such as sho-chiku-bai, cranes, and turtles assumed that the history is good from old times is given to the pattern of the face.                                            ( 
Maneki-neko (Japanese: 招き猫 ?, literally "beckoning cat") is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner (source wikipedia). In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic.(   

-Man-Made Objects-

Dream Catchers - from Native American culture are considered good fortune because they catch the negative images from dreams. Red Chinese Lanterns Red Chinese Lanterns are another red symbol of luck in the Chinese culture.                                               (

Horseshoe - were thought to bring good fortune when they were hung up on the wall of a home or above a doorway. When horseshoes were made by blacksmiths, this added to the idea of luck that embodies the horseshoe. Blacksmithing was considered a lucky trade.

Coins - "See a penny pick it up and all day long you'll have good luck. Leave it there and you'll despair." Some even take the idea of luck to the other side of the coin, and believe that if the coin is face down that it's best to leave it on the ground. Coins have a place in Feng Shui as well, as luck bringers.

Pot of Gold - is what you will find at the end of a rainbow, making it doubly lucky.


Symbols and Numbers-
Nautical Star - is seen as providing guidance, and it is a good luck symbol for sailors.                                         (tigergirl)

Number seven - is considered lucky by different cultures including the U.S. culture. The number seven is also considered a lucky number by people living in England ( It's not just Western culture that holds the number seven in high regard on the luck scale. In the mythology of Japan, there are the Seven Gods of Fortune. The number seven is also important in world religions and spiritual beliefs including Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity.


Four Leaf Clover - is one of the better known Western symbols of luck, probably due to is popularity on St. Patrick's Day. Four-leaf clovers do exist, they just are not as common as the three-leaf variety. (Flora Brittanica). If you find one, it's considered good luck.(

Bamboo - Although considered invasive by some, a gift of bamboo is considered good luck, specifically the Dracaena (botanical name) Lucky Bamboo.


Wishing Well - A wishing well is a place where you toss a coin (another symbol of good luck) and make a wish. Wishing wells can be seen in children's programming on shows like Dragon Tales. Another fun example of a wishing well in popular culture is the wishing well the movie Goonies.                                               (digitalartistdaily)

Wishbone - is a symbol of good luck. It also is a wish maker. Two people tug on the wishbone, each making a wish. After the wishbone breaks, the person with the bigger piece will have their wish granted.                                                (socialphy

falling star or a shooting star - as it is sometimes called asks the person lucky enough to see it to make a secret wish.





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