The word Hamsa means "five", referring to the five fingers of the hands. This symbol is associated with blocking all evil, forcibly, à protection and attraction of the good. It is widely used with amulet against the evil eye e attraction of happiness, luck and fortune.
The meaning of this symbol, can vary according to religious belief or local culture. There are some representations with different designs on the palm of the hand, such as a Greek eye, fish, pigeons, Star of David, and words in Hebrew. According to the position of the fingers, their purpose is also different: fingers together attract good luck, and fingers apart, ward off negative energies. The palm facing up is associated with heaven and the spiritual world, and the palm facing down with the earth and the physical world.
In Islam, the fingers represent the five pillars of the religion: faith, prayer, charity, fasting, and pilgrimage. In the religion, the symbol is also known as the hand of Fatima, daughter of the prophet Mohammed, considered a sanctified woman, an example of life for many Muslim women.
Among Jews, the symbol is also known as the hand of Miriam, who was the sister of Moses and Aaron. It is associated with the Torah, writings of religious belief that are divided into five parts: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
In Buddhism, it is represented by the Abhaya Mudra or "sacred hand posture", and is used to ward off fear and attract protection, inner strength, and peace.
Today, peace advocates in the Middle East have used the Hamsa as a symbol of hope for peace.
Meaning of Hamsa Tattoo:
- Go to
- Ward off negative energies
- Protection against the evil eye
- Putting away fear