7 Random Facts About the Hamsa

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The Hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings.

7 Random Facts About the Hamsa

Early use of the hamsa has been traced to ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq). A universal sign of protection, the image of the open right hand is seen in Mesopotamian artifacts in the amulets of the Qāt Ištar/Inana.

7 Random Facts About the Hamsa

The Hand (Khamsa), particularly the open right hand, is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye.

7 Random Facts About the Hamsa

Historically and traditionally, it was most commonly carved in jet or formed from silver, a metal believed to represent purity and hold magical properties. It is also painted in red (sometimes using the blood of a sacrificed animal) on the walls of houses for protection, or painted or hung on the doorways of rooms, such as those of an expectant mother or new baby.

7 Random Facts About the Hamsa

 

Used to protect against evil eye, a malicious stare believed to be able to cause illness, death or just general unluckiness, hamsas often contain an eye symbol.

7 Random Facts About the Hamsa

The hamsa is one of the national symbols of Algeria and appears in its emblem

7 Random Facts About the Hamsa

 

At the time of the establishment of the State of Israel, the widespread use of the talisman by Jews from Islamic countries was considered a sign of “Easternness”, looked down upon in the Eurocentric Ashkenazi cultural milieu that dominated.

7 Random Facts About the Hamsa

By Social Mediam Morning.com

Resources – Wikipedia/Feature Photo – “Earth Hamsa”, Photo Credit – R.Cross 2009

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