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Amulet

AMULET. An amulet is anything worn as a charm or protection against evil, disease, witchcraft, snakebite, poison, and other perils, bodily or spiritual. In fact, the wearing of jewelry and all manner of facial and bodily ornaments had its deepest origin in this superstition. The word amulet derives from the Lat. amuletum, a word found twice in the elder Pliny, and itself a Latinized form of Arab. hamalet, a noun derived from a verb meaning “to carry.” The actual word “amulet” occurs only once in ASV and RSV, in Isaiah 3:20, in a list of condemned feminine trinkets. The Heb. is lahash and means literally “whispering” or “charming,” the hissing of the snake charmer lying behind the metaphor (Ps 58:5; Eccl 10:11; Jer 8:17).