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DiscoverAn Introduction to Amulets

Beautifully Designed Charms for Good Fortune

Colorful amulets are one of the many attractions for visitors to Shinto shrines. They come in a range of different shapes and sizes, and bring good fortune. As Tenjin is the deity of learning, amulets for academic success are one of the most popular items to take home from Dazaifu Tenmangu.

What Are Amulets

At Shinto shrines you can receive an omamori, or amulet, to bring good luck, for a small donation. Typically, these amulets are small pouches containing a prayer, with the name of the shrine woven into the fabric. They are designed to be carried on your person, strapped to a bag, or placed in a pocket or wallet. The amulets at Dazaifu Tenmangu come in a variety of forms and designs, including one that you can wear around your wrist as a bracelet. The designs have different meanings and purposes. They are available from counters within the grounds.

Which Amulet to Choose

Amulet for academic success

Amulet for good health and longevity

You can get an amulet for general good fortune, or choose one with a more specific purpose. Popular amulets include those for academic success, good health, safe travel, and recovery from illness. The bracelet-style amulet available at Dazaifu Tenmangu is to help in achieving your dreams. Amulets are on display at the counters staffed by shrine maidens within the grounds. The shrine maidens can walk you through the different types and help you choose the right one for you. Many of the amulets at Dazaifu Tenmangu feature the plum flower, which Sugawara Michizane loved so much, and which are the symbol of the shrine.

Keychain amulet for safe travel

Bullfinch amulet for happiness