Protector Amulet on Madder Root dyed Cotton

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Protector Amulet on Madder Root dyed Cotton

76.00

An antique amulet, picturing Hindi folk deity Ramdev Pir, hangs from cotton that was naturally with madder root and iron salts. Handmade silver beads from Africa frame the amulet on either side.

Ramdev Pir was a saint of 14th century India who devoted his life to uplifting the oppressed people of his land and believed in the equality of all human beings. He is thought to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu ~ the preserver and protector. 

The folk tale about Ramdev Pir is quite beautiful and explains why he is always pictured riding a horse. As the story goes, one day his father commissioned a toymaker to carve a horse for Ramdev. He gave the toymaker sandalwood to carve the horse from and beautiful cloth to cover the horse. The toymaker kept the cloth for his wife and made the horse's cover from old cloth. When Ramdev sat upon the horse, it began to fly and Ramdev disappeared into the sky. His father imprisoned the toymaker but eventually Ramdev returned and asked the toymaker what he had done. He confessed his crime of stealing and begged for forgiveness. Ramdev forgave him and accepted the horse. Today, Ramdev's worshippers bring small wooden horses covered in cloth to temples that honor him. 

The amulet is made of high content silver.

Approximate size of amulet is 1.25 x 1.5" in diameter.

Loop is approximately 24" and slips over the head.

Will arrive packaged in a hand dyed muslin pouch. 

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