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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ethiopian Magic Scrolls

"Eyes, meant to spot evil and stare it down, abound in this art.....What is clear in every detail of these objects is a believed-in vivacity. They were created to generate live spiritual power in the material world, which is why the devotees carried them everywhere during the day and hung them unfurled on the walls of their homes at night. Like computers in sleep mode, scrolls were always on, ready to power-up into action"  --- Holland Cotter, writing in the NYTimes

This level of protection will set you back around $3000-$5000.  Or maybe you could just spend $4000 on a trip to Ethiopia and pick them up in a bazaar for a few hundred.  Hard to know.....