magic scrolls

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Scope note
In Ethiopian culture, parchment scrolls upon which various taslismanic images and texts, often prayers, are inscribed, generally by clerics in complex rituals. Their purpose is in healing ceremonies. Sick people focus on the scroll, and enter into a healing trance by which they are cured; they may wear the scrolls for a time. The images that appear on the scrolls range from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious symbols, the story of King Solomon, lions, birds, and abstract talismanic patterns to the most frequently depicted symbols, large, colorfully-rendered eyes.
magic scrolls
Accepted term: 13-May-2024