Madagascar Sampy Good Luck Charm
History Of The Sampy Luck Charm
According to Merina cosmology, the number 12 is considered sacred, and by collecting the twelve greatest sampy known, then transforming the nature they were considered to be. Ralambo was able to use the sampy to grow the perceived supernatural power and the legitimacy of a royal line in Imerina. King Ralambo led Imerina as the ruler across the highland’s region of central Madagascar during the period of 1575 to 1612. He ruled from the city of ambohibrabiby. He is known to have gathered a total of 12 of the most known and supposed powerful sampy from neighbouring villages and communities
He even made a new relationship between a ruler and the sampy. Once considered just tools among most community leaders that were disposable, Ralambo saw more in the amulets and decided to give them a more divine status as a protector of his own sovereignty, as well as the reputation of his state as long as other leaders would consider the sampy collection as an items of deep respect.
According to Merina cosmology, the number 12 is considered sacred, and by collecting the twelve greatest sampy known, then transforming the nature they were considered to be. Ralambo was able to use the sampy to grow the perceived supernatural power and the legitimacy of a royal line in Imerina.
Why The Sampy Charm Brings Luck
Sampy, or Ody, were personal amulets that were believed to give powers to the wearer or owner. Everyone from Kings to children were known to keep these objects for good luck.
How To Use The Sampy Charm
The sampy has been used for multiple things throughout history, the first being a special amulet housed in its own home that thwarted attackers of its villages and brought good luck to the community. Eventually, it moved on to being worn as a necklace and could, supposedly, control snakes and protect against personal attacks.
How The Sampy Charm Is Made
Legend says that one time during the reign of Ralambo a woman came to the village of Imerina who was named Kalobe with a small object that was wrapped in grass and banana leaves.
How To Make The Sampy Charm At Home
Gather or purchase some twine, banana leaves, dried tall grass, and a small object of affection. Tie it all together with the twine. You can even add teeth or claws. You can draw it up with a string and wear it as a necklace for protection and good luck, as well.
Interesting and Fun Facts About Sampy Charm
- Rolambo put the first sampy to come into the village and placed in its own house to be worshipped by the community.
- Legend says that thanks to the villages sampy they were able to conquer a group of warriors from Sakalava with eggs.
- The sampy is believed to have caused a hailstorm that wiped out other enemies.
- It is said that anyone wearing a sampy could control snakes and repel attacks.
- Sampy can be made of multiple natural materials.