The ever popular cowrie shell has many uses and
meanings. It has shown up in the form of money, jewelry, and religious accessories in almost every part of the world. Found in the islands of the Indian Ocean, the cowrie shell soon gained
popularity throughout much of ancient Africa.
however, also spread to China, where it was used as a form of
currency to such an extent that the Chinese used its shape to form their
pictograph for money! Today excavations have found some of the
money of ancient China in the form of brass and silver cowrie shells.
Wherever the cowrie shells were found, it seems as if it has been
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
However you interpret these
beautiful white shells, they are
a fascinating, unique addition to your wardrobe. Whether used 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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