Folk Medicine and Amulets
Updated: Oct 26, 2021
The Jews of Iraq believed in the harmful power of the evil eye and in the existence of demons and spirits, who were held responsible for ailments, disasters, diseases and hardships. To protect themselves from these forces, they used a variety of amulets made from different materials. In addition, the books of amulets and segulot (protective rituals) as well as prescriptions were used to heal diseases and ailments. The exhibition displays a unique collection of amulets, books and photographs.