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Muz1234

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I have two omamoris in my room, do you guys keep those items? Is it consider bad luck if I get rid of those?
 

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Quoted from Wikipedia:

It is not necessary, but amulets are customarily replaced once a year to ward off bad luck from the previous year. Old amulets are usually returned to the same shrine or temple they were purchased at so they can be disposed of properly. Amulets are commonly returned on or slightly after New Year’s. This way the shrine/temple visitor has a fresh start for the New Year with a new omamori.

If you are really worried about getting rid of omamori, just keep them. Or return them the next time you're in Japan. ;)
 

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I am curious what does this omamori means?

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It appears to be this one:


It's from Ikimi Tenmangu (Ikimi Tenmangu Kyoto,Japan), which is a shrine in Kyoto, and it's for good fortune in study/learning.

The characters are 生身天満宮, which is the name of the shrine, as well as 学 (meaning "learning"/"study"/"academics") and 力 (meaning "strength"/"power"/"ability").
 

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If I like to get rid one of the omamoris, do I have to put salt on it and burn it?
 

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When someone goes through the trouble of looking something up on the internet to answer one of your questions, it'd be nice if you could acknowledge it with a simple "thank you" rather than just proceeding to the next question as if that person were your servant or a human search engine.

As for your follow-up question, the traditional thing to do is to bring it back to the shrine you got it from, where they'll dispose of it the "proper" way.

If you don't strictly believe in/adhere to the Shinto belief system, however, there's no reason you can't dispose of it any way you want. Trying to burn it yourself sounds like it has potential for hurting yourself or causing an accident and I'd probably avoid it.
 

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Mail them back to the shrines they came from. This way you can be sure you don't receive any bad luck from disposing of them improperly.
 

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I open the omamori, and I found this ofuda, what does it mean?

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I open the omamori, and I found this ofuda, what does it mean?

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It's the name of the temple it's from. Looks like it's from Ikimi, the oldest Tenmangu shrine in Japan.
 

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I open the omamori, and I found this ofuda
By the way, it's considered to be a very common taboo to open omamori and check what is inside it.

 
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