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Triangles

 

Triangles are one of the most powerful amuletic shapes in the West Asian and North African region. The shape is used in amulets or as decorative patterns in embroidery. Sometimes the triangles are made of textiles, sometimes of leather or even beadwork.

 

Amulets the triangles may be stuffed with other textiles, in combination with religious texts of other protective materials. To the left some examples of triangles are shown. Sheila Paine wrote an impressive work on the search for the triangle in different societies ("The Linen Goddess"), for all who want to know more, I highly recommend her work. She argues that the triangle may represent the shapes of a goddess.

 

Triangular shaped amulets were attached to headdresses, horse saddles or more recently even to cars or houses.