Tattoos can represent beliefs and cultures. The Hamsa symbol was designed to protect, and is also known as The Hand of Fatima or The Hand of Miriam.
You surely have seen this figure hanging from a door or a house window, or even perhaps from a necklace or bracelet, but, do you know its meaning? The Hamsa is a worldwide symbol that has been attributed to many meanings by different cultures.
It is commonly used as an amulet to protect people from the evil eye. It is generally associated with Catholics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus. It is known by the first two religions as "The Hand of Miriam," but also as the Protector’s hand or God's eye. In Islam, it is called "The Hand of Fatima," named after Muhammad's daughter, Fatima Zahara. For the Jewish people, the Hamsa's fingers are related to the Five Sacred Books of the Torah. For the Sunnis, the Five Pillars of Islam are represented by this figure.
For Buddhism and Hinduism, the most important mudra is the Abhaya, which is the equivalent representation of the Hamsa. It symbolizes the concept of protection, peace, and dissipation of fear. In fact, it is quite common to see their Gods doing this sign with their right hand. In some Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, this talisman is not used because it is considered a superstitious object that defies their religious principles. The veneration of objects and amulets is forbidden and not considered part of Islam.
It is interesting to see that, in different contexts, almost all religions and cultures use the Hamsa. Although the meaning is not the same in each one of them, they all share the concept of protection. Through this brief explanation and incredible designs, you might be able to find the inspiration for your next tattoo, which undoubtedly will look amazing, and will also keep you safe at all times.
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