Ofuda is a spiritual talisman found in some Shinto temples in Japan to ward off negativity and for protection. Depending what is
inscribed on an Ofuda it can be used for protection, to ward off
negativity, safeguard a family from general harms, or bring the
bearer good luck.
An Ofuda is issued at a
Shinto shrine and is often placed inside a private shrine, or in a
residence on a door, pillar, or ceiling, often at home entryways to
provide blessing and ward away evil. A more specific Ofuda may
protect a family from disease or be placed near particular objects
such as one for the kitchen to protect from accidental fire.
It is made from
paper, wood cloth or metal and is to be renewed yearly, typically
before the end of the year.