The sacred cowrie shell, found in the islands of the Indian Ocean, was treated with special importance throughout Africa with many uses and meanings.
The shells also represented a divine power,particularly from the mother Goddess, or spirit of the ocean. They were often used to create jewelry or as decorations for many things bringing the protection of divine earthly power.
Wherever the cowrie shells were found,it seems as if they were thought of as wealth.The back side of a cowrie shell resembles a female sexual organ.The front side is shaped like the abdomen of a pregnant woman.The meaning is not erotic, but represents a miracle of life.This unique design of the cowrie shell is one main reason why this shell has maintained so much popularity throughout history.
Spiritually,according to African legend if you are attracted to cowrie shells you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth.It also represents Goddess protection which is very powerful and connected with the strength of the ocean. Throughout Africa, and South and North America,the cowrie symbolized the power of destiny and prosperity.Thought of as the mouth of Orsisas,it also is believed to have taught stories of humility and respect.
These tiny Yellow shells are a fascinating,unique addition to your wardrobe.Whether in jewelry,or in crafts,or in any other use you can imagine these shells are sure to add an exotic feel of Africa and make an excellent,one of a kind,fashion statement.
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