Amulets and Talismans
Amulet: an object, either natural or man-made, believed to be endowed with special powers to protect or
bring good fortune. Amulets are carried on the person or kept in the place that is the desired sphere of
influence--e.g. on a roof or in a field. The terms amulet and talisman are often used interchangeably, but a
talisman is sometimes defined as an engraved amulet.
From Encyclopedia Britannica http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/21952/amulet
The ancient Egyptians were big users of amulets. Egyptian amulets were believed to bestow upon the
wearer magical powers in both life and death. The most important amulet in ancient Egypt was the scarab,
a dung beetle thought to roll the sun across the sky.