Spirit Lock Hand Carved Glass from Thailand

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  • Spirit Lock Hand Carved Glass from Thailand

  • Approx Measurements: 1 11/16" tall, 2.5" wide 

  • This beautiful example of High Glass Art in Thailand was commissioned by me for a project i was doing with a Museum.
  • Spirit Locks are metal padlock shape charms worn around the neck, usually in back, by Hmong and Miao Hill Tribes in Thailand and Laos. They function as a Talisman or Amulet to 'lock' the Soul of the wearer into their body in the case of illness, accident or spiritual depression and distress.
  • Traditional Hmong believe that humans have several Souls. Sometimes these Souls can fall into conflict and may even leave the body. A person could lose a Soul if badly frightened or in times of trauma or tragedy. Outside causes might allow or even encourage a foreign spirit to enter a person's body causing illness and physical, mental and emotional distress.
    To rebalance and bring about a remedy, a Shaman would perform a Soul Calling Ceremony, casting out unwanted spirits or calling good spirits back into the patient's body. The wearer's Souls were then protected by the placement of a Spirit Lock Amulet.
  • It was considered good luck to give newborn babies Spirit Locks to protect them from Evil Spirits, and these cherished amulets were sometimes worn throughout their entire life.