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Many visitors are intrigued when first confronted with a Dybbuk Box. Sheer curiosity often befalls anyone who encounters these mysterious vessels.
Currently there is a lot of misinformation that abounds regarding “Dybbuk Boxes” as see on the this one Wikipedia article. Firstly these boxes have been around for many, many years. There was already an underground community trading in these boxes since at least the early 1990s. The article fails to report that there were certain USENET groups trading in Dybbuks well before the early 2000s.
In its simplistic form these boxes serve as barriers between the living world and any force that should not be here. In other words they are not merely vessels but entrapments for metaphysical energies that should not exist in our living world.
There are many names for these energies: ghosts, paranormal beings, jinns, apparitions, demons, evil spirits and so forth.
Some Dybbuks are pure and non-malevolent while other Dybbuks have a sinister origin. They can be ancient in history or extremely young in terms of their afterlife.
Many Dybbuks are the result of occult practice gone wrong; a spell casting attempt that used the energy of a spirit not suitable for use, contacting an energy that ultimately was not pure, attempts to communicate with a ghost / spirit that the initiator was ill equipped to interact with or in some cases the Dybbuk was created to prevent someone from obtaining an afterlife such as a ritualistic murder.
In this extreme scenario where the victim is murdered, the offender incorporates the embedding of a victim through rituals, occult and dark prayer to a Dybbuk Box. It is perhaps the most vicious and evil form of Dybbuk, rendering the victim hostage to their murderer even past their living ordeal.
Historically Dybbuk Boxes have been associated with Judaic traditions and Jewish Mysticism however many cultures world wide retain elements that correlate to Dybbuks as a whole. These includes traditions of contacting spirits, hauntings, the occult, appeasements of ghosts, paranormal occurrences, spell castings, evil spirits, exorcisms and rituals involving the use of energy emitted from the afterlife.
There is no “standard” Dybbuk Box. Remember these are vessels meant to contain an energy that for any reason, good or bad, is locked. The practice of using wax as a seal is a tradition that surpasses cultures and is ancient. This is why Dybbuks incorporate this technique. The wax, like the vessel, is just one aspect of the Dybbuk. In many cases the Dybbuk contains tangible objects that relate to the entity or spirit. These can be almost anything from hair, bones, burnt ashes, personal belongings, hand written messages, photos, appeasements and offerings or artifacts used in the initial contact such as when ghosts or spirits have been communicated with.
As with many occult or paranormal misuses, the Dybbuk serves as a means to ”correct” a situation where the entity needs to be contained. Much like a casket or urn contains the tangible, physical form of a person; the Dybbuk contains the intangible form of the spirit.
In many cases there are numerous religious artifacts from different religions and belief systems. These belief systems are not competing but rather are used in tandem to bring more power to the Dybbuk in terms of containing the force inside. Just as there is no one true belief system, there is no one true way in which a evil force or ghost can be reconciled. This is why, at times, Dybbuks are adorned with multiple items of different religious beliefs.
When dealing with a Dybbuk many times the history and origins are very unclear. Even when there are photos that may indicate some information such as age or gender, little is known as to why the Dybbuk was created in the first place. Summoned spirits, ghost hauntings, evil entities and murder victims are just a possibility of why the Dybbuk was created.
If you are looking for a Dybbuk Box for sale, extreme care must be taken when handling these vessels as powerful forces can lurk behind the wax. There is a reason why the Dybbuk was created in the first place. As such, these are not toys or decorations. They are a tangible form of the intangible..
Dybbuk Boxes represent a core belief in the paranormal, death and both explained hauntings and unexplainable hauntings. The idea is this: these boxes represent a trapped soul that is in limbo between our existence and what lays ahead after death.
These are more than wayward or “lost” spirits. They represent a very uneasy and sobering thought: that a soul can be collected and contained.
The uses and implementation of these boxes range from the occult to the esoteric. Rituals to tarot readings, fascination to personal use, Dybbuk boxes are seen by many as powerful tool that taps into an extremely “dark“ energy. It is for this reason that some practitioners of divination (Tarot readings) will use a Dybbuk box while fulfilling a reading of the cards. There is debate on whether this type of use yields accurate results due to the negative perception that the reading is in a sense tainted.
Along these lines some Dybbuk box owners practice rituals that are best described as “black”. They feel that being in possession of a Dybbuk box is not a negative for the owner and actually strengthens their abilities.
Since the overwhelming majority of Dybbuk boxes involve a deceased person, the possibility of harnessing this, regardless of whether the end result is for positive or negative ( good or bad ) the temptation for individuals to incorporate one into their practices is usually a starting point for acquiring a box. The belief that a deceased persons soul ( ghost ) can not only be contacted but actually harnessed is a extremely old tradition that dates back many thousands of years and is held by many cultures and religions.
With that said, the vast majority of Dybbuk collectors do see the box as inherently negative. A Dybbuk box is not created for containing a positive spirit. In many cases a box is created out of fear of a deceased soul ( ghost ) that has created a situation that grossly impacts ( hauntings ) the original creator. Some people have claimed that dabbling in the black arts and rituals unleashed a negativity into their life that could only be contained by creating and using a Dybbuk box.
This is why there is no real standard in constructing one or what is placed inside, contrary to recent movie depictions. Regardless if the designer of the box thinks that the negative force is a deceased soul or demon or a combination of both ( due to the deceased person being “bad” in their previous life and it carrying over in death ), the principal goal is containment.
This is the reason that the items placed in the box have meaning to the situation that unfolded with original creator. Certain objects may have been used in the initial contact or objects became tangible manifestations of the deceased spirit. In sealing these items inside the box, the belief is that the energy ( ghost / spirit ) will also be sealed by proxy.
This isn’t a new age concept or belief system, pre-Islamic culture of the Arabian Peninsula had a tradition that carried over after the rise of Islam: Djinn. In Islamic understanding, a Djinn is a spirit / ghost / energy that has a negative connotation attached to it, usually described as “evil” or malice. It is interesting to note that the term “genie” is directly connected to the word Djinn. Also it should be noted that our classic view of a “genie” inherently involves a lamp/bottle as a vessel to contain it and that the “owner” of this vessel gains power.
This is why the concept surrounding the Dybbuk box is not owned or native to a single religion, despite what is commonly circulated. There are many other religions that have uniform traditions that mimic the concept of a Dybbuk box. Hence why many people see the potential, good or bad, in creating as well as possessing one for themselves.
If you truly want to buy a Dybbuk Box, please purchase a box that you gravitate to. If you feel a connection to a particular vessel do not be concerned or embarrassed if it is deeply morbid or gruesome. There is a reason you are attracted to it. Your feelings and intuition, even subconsciously, will play a deciding factor in which Dybbuk is the correct choice for you.