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Possibly an old paper talisman?
I am very interested in learning what I have in my new collection of "finds."
The paper appears to be very old and brittle, with small holes. The drawing of the woman is on a cloth.
Does anyone have any information on what I have or what the writing says.
Welcome to the forum. That looks an interesting collection and I hope someone will be able to help you.
In the meantime, may I ask if you have any information about them - were they described as anything? Also how big are they?
@julia Thank you, Julia. I purchased them at an estate sale. They were stored away in the basement when I found them. Unfortunately, I don't know anything else about them.
The one of the man is about 6 3/4 x 10 1/4, the one of the woman is about 7 1/2 x 3 1/4, the orange-ish one is about 9 x 11 and the long narrow one is 2 1/2 x 12
These are interesting. Hopefully Yin or somebody can translate them. If not I would send pictures to Peter through the identification assistant tab and see if he's got any ideas about them.
Thanks, it is an interesting assortment. As John suggests, you may have to ask Peter.
Thank you both for your replies. It is much appreciated.
@drose hopefully they will turn out to be from the personal journal of the Dalai Lama or something comparable. Might as well dream big!
Welcome to the forum. The pictures you posted are side ways and upside down, no worries there. From I can read and gathered. They are pieces for calling/ getting rid of spirits- Here is hard for me to explain: in old time of China, when the person got sick, family will hire a taoist priest/wizard/... who will write down this kind of papers- calling the special gods to show up to protect/healing .... it's hard to explain. Hope it helps.
@yinchris Thank you, Yin, that is very helpful! If it's not too time consuming for you, would you be able to tell me what at least one of them says, exactly? If needed, I could provide better pictures - I'm sorry about the quality of the ones I provided .
One last question - If you had to guess, how old would you say they are? I know you stated, "In the old time of China", but is this something that is still practiced presently or within the last century? Thank you again, I find this very interesting!
@yinchris Yin is this one of these papers you are talking about always wondered what this was used for.
Jason, they were used in exorcism, witch crafts, ect, some words are ghost, spiritual, one is something like 6th God is here. From the way of characters wrote, I think they are before PROC. The tradition has a very deep root so it's very hard to tell how old yours are.
@yinchris Thank you, Yin, that is very interesting. My wife is a little creeped out now, but I'm intrigued! 🙂
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