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.


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