For any visitor going to Japan, it doesn’t take long before you come across a omamori (お 守 り), a type of Japanese amulet. Its origin comes from the Shinto and Buddhist tradition.
These amulets are the representation of a protective spirit. They consist of the inscription of a blessing on a wooden splint inside a silk bag. On the back of the bag you can see the temple where the omamori. It is thought to be from bad luck open the bag to see its contents.
The omamori They come in different sizes, shapes, and styles. Each offers a different type of protection: health, exam success, a healthy birth, love, traffic safety, and general protection. Even if you can’t find an amulet appropriate to your needs, you can request a personal one from the temple priest. If several requests like this are requested, the temple can begin to make omamori for that specific use.
Tradition says that at the beginning of the year the amulet must be taken to the temple of origin to be properly burned and purified. On the other hand, it is thought that it is bad luck to discard the amulet. Burning the amulet is considered a way of expressing gratitude and renewal, while throwing it away is considered an offense.
Today the use of omamori It has been marketed and can be found as car stamps, cell phone ornaments, credit cards, etc. There is even omamoris with characters like Hello Kitty Y Mickey Mouse.