INSPIRED BY… THE HAMSA HAND
The Hamsa Hand is a Talisman of Protection. It is recognised for it’s powers of protection and it’s ability to repel the evil eye. In many cultures it is also believed to represent blessings, power and strength, making it a hugely respected ancient symbol.
‘Khamsa’ is an Arabic word literally meaning ‘five’ although it could also refer to the five fingers of the hand. The word ‘hamsa’ itself may originate from various cultures and languages.
Although the initial origins of the hamsa are unknown and thought to predate some religions, the symbol is respected and revered across different faiths. In Islam the hand is referred to as the Hand of Fatima. The talisman is also found in Judaism and Christianity among others. In all faiths it retains its meaning as a sign of protection.
Throughout history the hamsa would’ve been seen in places where protection was sought after; in homes, above doorways as well as an amulet to be worn on the person as a bracelet or necklace.
The usage and meanings of the evil eye and hamsa are inter-related. The eye is one of the most ancient symbols, thought to have the ability to cause illness, fatalities and general misfortune. Some wore the eye for protection against its effects, others opted for the hamsa.
Through time the symbols became merged, and the most popular amulet became a hamsa with an eye encased in the palm. Their strengths were combined and so created a more powerful talisman.