A WIND chime containing a magical phallus believed to ward off evil energies has been discovered in the ruins of an ancient Roman house.
The magical phallus wind chime is also known as Tintinnabulum – it was designed to look strange to scare away evil spirits and the curse of the evil eye.
The tintinnabulum usually had wings and legs to make it look extra strange – along with chimes and bells to make noise and fight evil.
It was also common for the tintinnabulum to contain a “prominent phallus.”
The recently discovered magical phallic wind chime was found where an ancient Roman city called Viminacium, which is around 1,500 years old, once resided.
The area is now the Serbian town of Kostolac and is currently about 30 miles from Belgrade.
The artifact was discovered largely intact throughout its archaeological context.
Ilija Danković, an archaeologist at the Institute of Archeology in Belgrade, found the artifact, per Serbian language website Sve o arheologiji.
“When we started uncovering, we immediately knew what we had discovered,” Danković said in the statement.
Danković explained that the magical phallus was one of the first items unearthed at the Viminacium site.
It was found on the porch of an old house in one of the main streets of the ancient Roman city.
“Explorations of the civilian settlement (city) of Viminacium have just begun, along with the first significant discovery,” Danković said.
“During the excavation of one of the main streets of the city, the gate of one of the buildings was discovered.
“It was determined that the building was destroyed by fire, in which the veranda collapsed and fell to the ground, and an object known in scientific circles as Tintinnabulum was discovered in the rubble.”
It was found that the magical phalluses used in this culture at that time were not only subject to erotic symbolism.
They were revered as a symbol of good fortune and good fortune, which was believed to actually help keep evil spirits away.
“It was a good luck charm and an effective weapon to combat the evil eye,” Danković said.
“This is why phalluses can be seen everywhere in the Roman world, from wine cups to amulets worn by children.”