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Talisman
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[German Version]

The etymology of the word has not been explained satisfactorily (Sefrin, 163). In both popular and academic language, there is no precise difference in meaning or usage between a talisman and an amulet. A talisman is an artificial or natural object understood by the person who wears or uses it to be endowed with power (Mana). There is no visible distinction between a talisman and a piece of jewelry; as a result, there is a wide range of talismans in different cultures. Someone who uses a talisman expects either to be strengthened (and enabled to resist negative influenc…

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Hutter, Manfred, “Talisman”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025931>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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