Meaning of the "Hamsa" (Khamsa) Hand
You might’ve seen this symbol around, whether in the form of home décor or jewelry, and did not know what it was or what it meant. This symbol depicting an open hand is called the Hamsa. It represents protection, good fortune, blessings, faith, and strength. In some cultures, the fingers depict different meanings - when the fingers are spread apart, it is a symbol of protection against evil and negative energy, while when the fingers are together, it is to bring good luck and blessings. In other cultures, the position of the hand would determine the meaning - when the hand is tilted upwards, it is meant to ward off any negative energy, while when tilted downwards, it is meant to welcome positive energy and blessings.
The word “hamsa” is derived from the Arabic word “Khamsa,” which means “five,” referring to the five fingers of the hand. The word “hamsa” itself means “five” in Hebrew. The Hamsa has rich cultural roots tracing back to the Phoenicians over 3500 years ago and interestingly, holds great significance for people of various beliefs including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and even Buddhism. Indeed, it has become a universal symbol of protection and blessings.
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