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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ganesha Charms

With the launching our new Ganesha Charm Bracelets, we figured it would be good to provide a little background information on this cherished deity.

Ganesha also spelled Ganesa and Ganesh, and known by names as Ganapti, Pillaiyar, or Vinayaka is one of the most well know and worshipped deities in Hinduism as well as many other Eastern Religions. While Ganesha is known by many attributes he is most commonly associated with his large elephant head and multiple arms. Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and the deva of intellect and wisdom. While often considered the remover of obstacles both materially and spiritually, traditionally he can also place obstacles in the way of people who need to be checked. Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati.

The earliest known occurrences of the deity being used in popular culture date back to at least the 4th century during the Gupta Period, the Gupta Dynasty ruled much of India from 280 to 550 CE. Throughout history Ganesha has shown a wide variety of patterns and portrayals unlike many of the deities that are very strict and have minimal representations as far as pose, size, etc. Indian art shows great variation from standing, dancing, taking action against demons, and even playing with his family as a boy.

However he may be depicted by whatever religion that worships him, he has become an icon of material and spiritual obstacles. For further information on the history and religions that worship him please see the wiki article.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Hamsa Jewelry

The Hamsa is a symbol that has been used regularly for thousands of years in amulets, jewelry, and charms. It is said to protect against the evil eye. The hand has several alternate names depending on the religion in which it is being used, for example the Jewish name is the Hand of Miriam, and some Islamic sects call it the Hand of Fatima or the Eye of Fatima. Some archeological evidence suggests it predates both Judaism and the Islamic faiths and goes all the way back to the Phoenicians around 1,500 BC.

No matter the religion or name it is used an emblem of protection. We've just launched a new set of Hamsa Hand Bracelets where you can choose several available gemstones, we also have a new Hand of Protection necklace incorporating the symbol as well, it uses Turquoise and Jade both of which are considered stones of protection.
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