The hamsa (Arabic) hand is an old and still popular amulet for magical protection from the evil eye. The words hamsa and hamesh (Hebrew) mean “five” and refer to the digits on the hand. An alternative Islamic name for this charm is the Hand of Fatima, in reference to the daughter of Mohammed. An alternative Jewish name for it is the Hand of Miriam, in reference to the sister of Moses and Life online streaming

The superstition of the influence of the “evil eye,” so widely spread over the earth, has had a mighty influence on life and language in Palestine, though direct references to it are not frequent in the ancient text. In the Bible the expression is synonymous with envy, jealousy and some forms of covetousness.

The exact origins of the Hamsa are unknown but it is recognized as a universal sign of protection. In fact, the image of an open hand can be seen in Mesopotamian artifacts as well as in Buddha’s teachings. Some claim that the amulet originated in ancient Egypt whereas others argue that the Hamsa can be traced back to Phoenicia. The Hamsa made its way into Jewish culture via the Sephardic and Mizrahi communities who were influenced by their Islamic neighbors and their talisman.

The Hamsa is a sign of protection and is also meant to bring blessings, power, strength to the wearer or to the house in which it is displayed. Most famously, the Hamsa is known to deflect the evil eye and is therefore a popular present to give to mothers of newborn babies so that they can hang it off the baby’s crib, stroller or bedroom wall. Additionally, many will wear Hamsa Jewelry on a daily basis on a necklace, bracelet or earrings, believing that it protects full movie Aardvark online

In addition to being shaped like an oddly formed hand, many hamsas will have an eye displayed in the palm of the hand. Other symbols that can appear on the hamsa include fish and Hebrew words. Fish are thought to be immune to the evil eye and are also symbols of good luck.