The Hamsa (hand or hand of Fatima) is an ancient symbol of Buddhist culture and is a famous talismanic symbol that people believe protects them from the evil gaze and brings them peace of mind, prosperity and happiness. Over time, the Hamsa has become a symbol of the placement of the eye in the palm of the hand and the other hand on the forehead.
Hamsa is mainly seen by Muslims and Jews as a defense against the evil eye, because it represents an open right hand, an image that has been recognized and used many times throughout history as a sign of protection. However, there is evidence that it originated from the Phoenicians, when the hand symbol was used to protect an ancient goddess. Regardless of the true origin of Hamsa’s hand, there was always a female entity that offered protection.
The two fingers represent Isis and Osiris, and the thumb their child Horus, postulates a theory that the ancient Egyptians knew of amulets through the two fingers.
It seems to have been used as an amulet in the form of the Hamsa hand, which was supposed to protect against all kinds of evils. The so-called “Jewish hand” is a symbol associated with both Judaism and Islam, but there is no evidence that it actually precedes the two religions. Another motive is that many modern representations continue to have an obvious origin in sex symbolism.
In view of this fact, the meaning of Hamsa has changed considerably over the centuries, as the symbol has been used by many different cultures.
The Hamsa hand is a symbol widely used in the Middle East and is believed to offer happiness, peace and protection. However, there are people of all faiths who agree that it is a very strong and protective sign. It is said that it is intended to protect the owner of the Hamsa hand from the evil splendor of other people, which brings misfortune, general misfortune, illness and death.
Many Jews believe that the Hamsa hand-bearer uses his or her five senses to praise God. Some Jews regard Hamsa as a symbol of God’s protection from the evil eye Ayin Has (evil eyes of evil) and a sign of good.