Τάματα are little votive offerings, wishes in the form of sympathetic magic. We found many such votives in the numerous small jewel-like churches in the byzantine town of Mystras, located in the Laconian province of the Peloponnese, Greece. Tamata are made from thin metal sheets stamped with legs, arms, ears, eyes, torsos, hearts, babies, whole bodies (both male and female) in youth or maturity…. They usually show anything bodily that concerns the supplicant.
Other concerns are symbolised by the stefana (wedding crowns), little box style houses (“home”) or wishes simply encapsulated in single words.
The offerings are hung from an icon with a prayer and the lighting of a candle, symbolising wishes for a miracle of healing. It is very appropriate that this icon of Ayios Demetrios, shown at the moment of his martyrdom as he is pierced with numerous lances, has a clutch of tamata. The saint is known to produce many miraculous cures even after his death. Such is the power of the wishes and the rituals surrounding it.
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