3/09/2015

Time of the Stag Beetle

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* Lucanus cervus or Stag Beetle, the conspicuous and largest European beetle, has incessantly captured
the imagination and fascination of mankind. The stag beetle’s popularity is based not only on the mythological
tales, but also on its magical powers, reputed since the time of the Romans.Various fragments confirm
that Lucanus cervus has always had a profound impact on man from earlier epochs through to present day.

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* An amulet (Latin amulētum) can be any object whose most important characteristic is its alleged power to
protect its owner from danger or harm. Amulets are different from talismans as a talisman is believed to bring
luck or some other benefit, though it can offer protection as well. Amulets are often confused with pendants
—charms that hang from necklaces—any given pendant may indeed be an amulet, but so may any other
charm which purports to protect its owner from danger.

Potential amulets include gems, especially engraved gems, statues, coins, drawings, pendants, rings, plants and
animals; even words in the form of a magical spell or incantation to repel evil or bad luck.
The word "amulet" comes from the Latin amuletum; the earliest extant use of the term is in Pliny's Natural
History, meaning "an object that protects a person from trouble"

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