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5 Things You Need To Know About Omamori!

Omamori (お守り) come in different variations throughout Japan, and they can be found being sold in shrines and temples. Another name for them is “Lucky Charms”. Let’s see if you know these five facts about omamori!

1. Omamori are amulets or talismans that are used to protect or provide. There are different types of omamori out there, and each one holds a different meaning. It is common for people visiting the shrines or temples in Japan to wish for a certain thing at a certain time (i.e. to pass a test, to wish on a new relationship, for success at a new workplace).

2. In a traditional omamori, there are prayers or inscriptions that are placed inside each pouch and tied by string to keep safe. Peeking inside an omamori is a BIG no-no! They will be rendered useless once opened. It is said that such an act is frowned upon by the gods looking down.

3. Purchasing a new omamori every year – or less – is very common. It is disrespectful to throw away your omamori; instead, you should bring them back to the same temple or shrine you bought them from. Typically, returning them one year from when you purchased them is ideal, as that makes the omamori come to its full circle. This applies only to traditional omamori; commercial ones need not follow the same procedure. 

4. Omamori can be hung anywhere on you or on the outside of your bag. With time, there will be signs of wear and tear. Don’t fret – that’s its purpose! The deterioration will symbolize that the omamori has done its job in protecting you and taking the burden off of you. Another way of thinking is that the omamori has fulfilled its purpose.

5. There are hundreds of different kinds of omamori that come in various patterns, shapes, colours, and functions. Choosing one for yourself and for your family and friends is up to you! The main point is to believe that such a small amulet can do big things. If you believe in it, it might come true!

And there’s that! I hope you have learned a thing or two about omamori! If there are any other facts that you would like to share, feel free to leave a comment down below. In the next post, we will talk about the different kinds of omamori that Shop Wanleisa carries, what they mean, and what they're for! 

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