Until July 28, 2013, the Institut du Monde Arabe, a Parisian cultural center dedicated to the Arab world, will be revealing a mysterious and intriguing new exhibit. The exhibit is called « A Secret Art, » and it revolves around the spiritual world of holy men and their talismans.
Taking inspiration from abandoned talismans found in Dakar, the Institut du Monde Arabe takes visitors on a journey where they will discover the curious art of the talisman, which has been practiced in order to drive off bad energies and bring good luck.
Many people believe that the origins of the talisman begin in Sub-Saharan Africa, but this is not true. In reality, the talisman was born in North and West Africa, used by Muslim religious leaders. For this reason, this institute is an especially appropriate place to come and learn about the history and tradition of these spiritual objects.
At the exhibition, talismans in various forms are presented, each having its own characteristics and symbolism. By exploring these features, visitors can understand the importance of these objects to the lives of their possessors. Visitors will also discover how talismans were often weaved into clothing or worn as amulets so that they could remain with their possessors at all times.
Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier have the opportunity to get a glimpse of the world of talismans during their stay in Paris. For those who fancy a stroll along the Seine, the Institut du Monde Arabe can be reached in about 40 minutes by foot, by going east along the iconic river and crossing over to the Left Bank.
No matter how they arrive, visitors to Paris should not miss their chance to learn about the secret world of the religious relic known as the talisman.
Institut du Monde Arabe
1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
Place Mohammed V