By KE Eduljee 


Prayers Beads, Bead Necklaces, Garlands and Door Lintel Hangings – 2Defence against Illness, Evil & the Evil Eye

Bracelets and Necklaces
Bess Donaldson in ‘The Wild Rue of Persia: Magic, Myth and Folklore in Iran’ (at p. 33) informs us that one of the most common talismans that are employed for children in Iran today is a bracelet made from seven different kinds of beads called the “seven seals” [seven we know is also an auspicious number in Zoroastrianism]. In this bracelet, the seven different beads and their function are: serpentine for insect bites, coral bead for love and kindness, ebony and blue earthenware for the evil eye, amber for jaundice, agate bead for colic, and white milky quartz or limestone to insure sufficient mother’s milk.
There is also a Parsi tradition where babies are made to wear bracelets made with amber beads and we discuss this and a related tradition in a post devoted to amber.
Compare the description of the bracelet above with a necklace discover in the early Bronze Age (2500-1700 BCE) ruins of Gonur in the Murgab River delta now in Turkmenistan but in ancient times part of the third Vendidad Avestan nation Mouru. The necklace is made with carnelian obsidian beads. Carnelian is a hard reddish translucent form of banded quartz; obsidian, a jet-black volcanic glass, and a white stone. 
For more on Gonur please see http://www.heritageinstitute.com/zoroastrianism/merv/gonur.htm#overview.
Image: Three-thousand year old necklace found in the ruins of Gonur. Photo credit: Anna Garner at Flickr.

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