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Knives, Swords, Letter Openers, Phurbas, Spears, Blowpipes

Unique Rencong Knife. Weapon of Nobility. Aceh. Northern Sumatra. Indonesia.

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    Aceh is a semi-autonomous Indonesian province on the northeast tip of the island of Sumatra. The ethnic group there – the Acehnese – use the Rencong to fight off invaders during the frequent conflicts especially in the mountainous wilderness areas.   Engagement techniques vary depending on the… Continue reading

Old Bon Jhakri Tantric Phurba. Wood. Banjhakri. Nepal.

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    You all know about the use of this Phurba… how it is and was used in the construction of sacred buildings to drive away hatred and demonic obstacles.   But here is a new twist to its formation. Banjhakri are “forest or wilderness” shamanic deities. They… Continue reading

Achuar Indians Spear and Small Knife. Remote Pastaza River. Chonta Palm. Ecuador.

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    One of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin, straddling the borders of Ecuador and Peru. Specifically, this spear / knife came from a remote village along the Pastaza River (a large tributary to the Marañón River) The Maronon River is joined by the Ucayal River… Continue reading

Iron Phurba. Kila. Ritual Dagger. Exorcise Evil. Tibet

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    A three sided peg, stake, knife or nail like ritual object that is/was used to stake out sacred and monastery sites to obstruct or repel evil. Also does wonders to nail down those life distractions such as greed, desire and envy.   The most precious of Phurbas… Continue reading

Old Madura Keris Kriss Kris Dagger. Centipede. Madura. Indonesia.

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    Directly from Madura, this Keris was passed on through 2 generations. Madura is an Indonesian island off the northeast coast of Java and is inhabited by 3.65 million Madurese.   Keris have been produced for centuries. It is divided into three parts: blade (wilah), hilt… Continue reading

Scimitar. Curved Blade Sword. Knife. Sheath. Belt. Ethiopia

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    For you Ornithologists out there, I am not talking about the black scimitar-bill from Ethiopia, I am referring to the Middle Eastern scimitar . . . a sword or knife.   Scimitar is a generic name for a Arabic sword with a curved blade. Its shape is… Continue reading

Phurba Phurpa in Bronze with Mahakala Head. Buddhism. Nepal

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    A traditionally styled Phurba. This is a ritual object used to dispel and destroy obstacles. Originally used to mark out the perimeter of the construction of temples and monastery, it is still used in religious and sacred ceremonies.   I have an accompanying older “stunning” case… Continue reading

Antique Shotel Sword with Wood Grip and Leather Scabbard. Ethiopia. Africa.

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    A shotel is a curved double-edged sword originating in Ethiopia or Abyssinia. The Ethiopian swordsmen who were trained in using this weapon were known as shotelai. The curve on the shotel’s blade varies from the Persian shamshir.   Battle use of the Shotel involves “hooking” attacks both against… Continue reading

Old and Antique Handcrafted Brass Tantrik Phurba. Nepal.

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    Phurba, also Phurwa, is a ritual object used to dispel and destroy obstacles. It was originally used to mark out the perimeter of a sacred building (temple or monastery). Since that time, it was used in ritual and sacred ceremonies.   The three sided… Continue reading

Antique Ritual Tantric Wooden Mahakala Dagger. Phurba. Central Tibet

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    Phurba, also Phurwa, is a ritual object used to dispel and destroy obstacles. It was originally used to mark out the perimeter of a sacred building (temple or monastery). Since then it was used in ritual and sacred ceremonies. The three sided blade… Continue reading
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