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date: 14 November 2019

Bozhozh [pozhozh]locked

  • Jonathan McCollum

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[pozhozh]

Small spherical pellet bells of Armenia. Strings of them hung around animals’ necks and women’s ankles served as noisemakers to ward off evil. They have been discovered at various sites in Armenia, some dating back to 2000 bce. In the Armenian Apostolic Church, the bozhozh is shaped like a large hazelnut (about 15 mm in diameter) with two holes, enclosing a small piece of iron. These bells are affixed on the chains of censers (...

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