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Athames & Ritual Daggers
An Athame or Athamé (/əˈθɒm/, /ˈæθəmeɪ/ or /əˈθeɪmiː/) is a ceremonial blade, generally with a black handle. It is the main ritual implement or magical tool among several used in the religion of Wicca, and is also used in various other neopagan witchcraft traditions. A black-handled knife called an athame appears in certain versions of the Key of Solomon, a grimoire originating in the Middle Ages. The term athame derives, via a series of corruptions, from the late Latin artavus ("quill knife"), which is well attested in the oldest mansucripts of the Key of Solomon. The museum displays around hundred athames and ritual daggers with many varieties during the centuries.

Dagger types Akinaka, bronze with golden coating, decorated in Rococo style with flower and lion head, c.19th century.

Dagger types Akinaka, bronze, decorated in medieval style with cross, c.18th century.
Dagger type Baselard, horn, decorated in medieval style, c.19th century
Dagger type Khukuri, with four hands Hindu God Sivah , bronze, c.19th century

Sigil Seals
The term sigil derives from the Latin sigillum, meaning "seal", though it may also be related to the Hebrew סגולה (segula meaning "word, action, or item of spiritual effect, talisman"). The current use of the term is derived from Renaissance magic, which was in turn inspired by the magical traditions of antiquity. In medieval ceremonial magic, the term sigil was commonly used to refer to occult signs which represented various angels and demons which the magician might summon. The magical training books called grimoires often listed pages of such sigils. The use of symbols for magical or cultic purposes has been widespread since at least the Neolithic era. It is notable that many of these signatures seem to include the sign of the cross, which is usually believed to scare demons. The museum displays around a hundred sigil seals dating from 16th century to 20th century.

Sigil Seal with a bishop's benediction, iron on wood, c.16th century.

Sigil Seal with a bishop's benediction, iron on wood, c.16th century.

Sigil Seal with a bishop's benediction, iron on wood, c.16th century.

Holy Water (Sacred Water)
Holy water or sacred water is water that has been blessed by a member of the clergy or a religious figure. The use for cleansing prior to a baptism and spiritual cleansing is common in several religions, from Christianity to Sikhism. The use of holy water as a sacramental for protection against evil is common among Anglicans and Roman Catholics. In Catholicism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy and some other churches, holy water is water that has been sanctified by a priest for the purpose of baptism, the blessing of persons, places, and objects, or as a means of repelling evil. In Ancient Greek religion, holy water called chernips (Greek: χέρνιψ) was created when a torch from a religious shrine was extinguished in it. In Greek religion, purifying people and locations with water was part of the process of distinguishing the sacred from the profane. In Juism religion, The Book of Numbers mentions using water in a test for the purity of a wife accused of marital infidelity. A ritual would be performed involving the drinking of water. Sikhs use the Punjabi term amrita (ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ) for the holy water used in the baptism ceremony known as Amrit Sanskar or Amrit Chhakhna. Bathing in holy water is a key element in Hinduism, and the Ganges is considered the holiest Hindu river. The idea of "blessed water" is used in virtually all Buddhist traditions. In the Theravada tradition, water is put into a new pot and kept near a Paritrana ceremony, a blessing for protection. This "lustral water" can be created in a ceremony in which the burning and extinction of a candle above the water represents the elements of earth, fire, and air. In Vajrayana Buddhism, a Bumpa, a ritual object, is one of the Ashtamangala, used for storing sacred water sometimes, symbolizing wisdom and long life. The drinking of "healing water" (āb-i shifā) is a practice in various denominations of Shia Islam.In the tradition of the Twelver Shi’a, many dissolve the dust of sacred locations such as Karbala (khāk-i shifa) and Najaf and drink the water (āb-i shifā) as a cure for illness, both spiritual and physical. The Ismaili tradition involves the practice of drinking water blessed by the Imam of the time. This practice is recorded from the 13th and 14th centuries and continues to the present day. The ceremony is known as ghat-pat in South Asia. In Wicca and other ceremonial magic traditions, a similar substance is produced when salt is mixed with water. It is consecrated and used in many religious ceremonies and rituals. The museum display around hundred bottles of holy water from many religions and shrines in the world.

Virgin Mary's Miracle Water from Sacred Shrine Lourdes, France.

Holy Water from Cathedral of Vilnius, Estonia, 2015.

Shaman Masks
A mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment. Masks have been used since antiquity for both ceremonial and practical purposes. They are usually worn on the face, although they may also be positioned for effect elsewhere on the wearer's body. In parts of Australia, giant totem masks cover the body, whilst Inuit women use finger masks during storytelling and dancing. The use of masks in rituals or ceremonies is a very ancient human practice across the world, although masks can also be worn for protection, in hunting, in sports, in feasts, or in wars – or simply used as ornamentation. Some ceremonial or decorative masks were not designed to be worn. Although the religious use of masks has waned, masks are used sometimes in drama therapy or psychotherapy. The museum displays around fifty shaman masks from many ritual different: Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Chinese ...

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Apothecary Tools
Apothecary /əˈpɒθᵻkəri/ is the medical professional who investigate of herbal and chemical ingredients that was a precursor to the modern sciences of chemistry and pharmacology. Apothecary, as a profession, could date back to 2600 BC to ancient Babylon, which provides one of the earliest records of the practice of the apothecary. The museum displays a dozens tools used in apothecary.

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Taoist Ceremonial Tools
Taoism, also known as Daoism, is a religious or philosophical tradition of Chinese origin with an emphasis on living in harmony with, and in accordance to the natural flow or cosmic structural order of the universe commonly referred to as the Tao (also romanized as Dao). Taoist thought and philosophy was later incorporated into the religious traditions and practices of the ancient Chinese religion hundreds of years after its original development. Chinese alchemy (especially neidan), Chinese astrology, Chan (Zen) Buddhism, several martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, feng shui, and many styles of qigong have been intertwined with Taoism throughout history. Beyond China, Taoism also had influence on surrounding societies in Asia. The museum displays a dozens tools of taoist ceremony.

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Get in touch with the Museum



44 Nguyen Khuyen Street, An Cu Ward, Ninh Kieu District, 900 000 Can Tho City, Vietnam

Phone number

(+84) (0) 916416409