See 9 Good Luck Charms from African and the World.

Every culture and country has a different symbol or practice that they believe brings them luck. Whether it’s by carrying acorns for good health or placing an elephant in your shop for a prosperous work day, there are many different talismans and ways to use them. As cultures have evolved and assimilated, these good luck charms have traveled across continents and seas.Behind every good luck charm is not only a superstition or fear, but a deep-rooted history connected to the charm’s origin and the culture from which it came. Good luck charms can evolve from folklore, legend, and even religion. Historically, many were used to protect people from the evil eye, a malicious glare that was believed to cause harm. Others were used to increase the likelihood of fertility or to bring good fortune.

Dream catcher (United States)

Much like worry dolls, the Chippewa Native American dream catcher is used for those with trouble sleeping, specifically those with nightmares. When the person is asleep, the dream-catcher is said to trap all the nightmares of the sleeper, to bestow good luck, and allow good dreams to flow freely.Legend has it that when the sun rises, the bad dreams caught in the dream catcher dissolve, as they cannot survive daylight. The Chippewa, or Ojibwa, Native Americans designed these dream catchers to help protect their children. The tradition is associated with the Asibikaashi, or Spider Woman, a woman from Ojibwa legend who was a caretaker of all children.


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