The hamsa (Arabic: خمسة khamsah; Hebrew: חַמְסָה, also romanised khamsa; Berber languages: tafust) is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa and commonly used in jewellery and wall hangings.
Depicting the open right hand, an image recognised and used as a sign of protection in many times throughout history, the hamsa is believed by some, predominantly Muslims, Jews and Catholics, to provide defence against the evil eye. It has been theorised that its origins lie in Ancient Egypt or Carthage (modern-day Tunisia) and may have been associated with the Goddess Tanit.
Khamsah is an Arabic word that means "five", but also "the five fingers of the hand". The Hamsa is also variously known as the Hand of Fatima after the daughter of the prophet Muhammad, the Hand of Mary, the Hand of Miriam, and the Hand of the Goddess.
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I love the use of colour and pattern design on theseReplyDelete
My daughter in law has a hamsa in all the rooms of her house, to defend against the evil eye as you said. But I do not. She is from a Sephardi family and I am from an Ashkenazi family.ReplyDelete
Lovely image with deep cultural significance. It is good for us to understand and appreciate other's culture.ReplyDelete
What great colours, I've never heard of this before.ReplyDelete
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Beautiful artwork. I never thought to look up the name. Thanks.ReplyDelete
I love how bright and vibrant the coloured hands are #MySundayPhotoReplyDelete