The taweez-talismans have a long-spanning history in Mongolia; they are even mentioned in Mongolian epic narratives. Today, talismans continue to play an important role in daily life for people across different professions, social circles, and cultures. The year 2017 has brought the most significant changes that were not seen before. Mongolians view taweez as a tool for protection, health, and economics. The change in the attitude toward taweez-talismans has been due to a new trend in Mongolia of believing in “alternative” medicine. Amongst all the reputed “natural medicines” like herbs and minerals, Mongolians have discovered that taweez in islam have positive effects on their health and well-being.
In Mongolia, trading with taweez is a long-standing tradition. Even during the Soviet era, taweez remain to be used in everyday life practice. They also played a large role in Mongolian folklore which was revived again after the time of democracy movement led by the political party revolution in the 1990s. The society of Mongolia revolves around the importance of taweez to its people. It is a common practice among people in all levels of society. As many as 10% of households in Mongolia rely exclusively on prayers and amulets.
Taweez in islam are used by both men and women despite being a relatively old phenomenon in the country. It has become an influential feature of religion and culture in the country with many people using it for good purposes like to get rid of the evil eye or to protect themselves. Women buy the most expensive ones offered at AlashOrkhun Market in Ulaanbaatar because they believe that such powerful items protect them and bring them good luck.
There are three types of amulets: the black ones that represent fertility, happiness, good health, and longevity; the red ones that represent wealth and power; and the white ones that represent purity. The black amulets are made of a lustrous metal such as iron or steel, and typically feature a design that is both traditional and symbolic, such as the image of an eye. The red amulets are made of a less lustrous metal such as copper or zinc, often with designs that are more abstract and symbolic, such as crosses or stars. The red amulets are associated with the color red and fire, heat, fertility, and passion. Red amulets tend to be more expensive than black ones because they typically represent a greater level of spirituality. The white amulets are made of a lustrous metal such as silver or gold, often featuring designs that are more abstract and symbolic, such as waves or stars. The white amulets are associated with the color white and purity, the moon, and water. White amulets tend to be more expensive than black ones because they typically represent a greater level of spirituality.
When the taweez-talismans come into the possession of newlyweds, they are viewed with importance and adorn a space in their homes. It not only brings protection but also brings good luck to ensure wealth, promotions, and children. that the couple desires.Talismans are used in many ways by Mongolians, especially in their daily lives including at funerals, hospitals, shops, and anywhere they feel insecure or in need of protection. Historically, when someone is going to court or even on a routine trip, they carry a taweez- talisman in their portable bag. This is not just a religious item but also maintains good relationships between humans and nature. and even with the supernatural world.
The taweez-talismans play a significant role in maintaining relations within the family. It provides protection when traveling or doing business at a particular location. They play an important role in spiritual beliefs throughout natural disasters like earthquakes and fire, also.