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Hamsa Hand

The word "Hamsa" comes from the root word for the number five in Hebrew. The number five is considered to have special magical powers that bring good luck. The number five is represented by the five fingers of an open human hand in a natural motion of the holding an open hand to warn off an oncoming enemy. The shape of the hand is a symbolic “stop sign” to the devil. It is commonly believed that both the Hamsa hand and the colors blue and turquoise are defenders against all evil. Hamsa hand is the most popular cameo for well-being and good luck in the Middle East .
 
 

 

 

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There are two main styles of a hamsa hand: the stylized hamsa hand with two symmetrical thumbs, and hamsa hands that are not symmetrical and shaped like actual hands. Either hamsa hand can be worn with the fingers pointing up or down.
The hamsa is popular as a charm most often worn as a necklace, but can be found as a decorative element in houses, on key chains, on other jewellery items. Many artists use the image of the hamsa hand in jewelry, paintings, sculptures, wall decorations, and amulets.
The renewed interest in Kabbalah and mystical Judaism is a factor in bringing the hamsa pendant back into fashion. In Jewish mysticism, fish are a symbol of good luck, so many hamsas are also decorated with fish images. Sometimes hamsas are inscribed with Hebrew prayers, such as the Sh'ma, Birkat HaBayit (Blessing for the Home), or Tefilat HaDerech (Traveler's Prayer).

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