You often see these as keychains, or hanging in new age stores. But, what is their origin and meaning?
The origin of the Hamsa is actually from the Islamic tradition and has nothing to do with Judaism.
It’s a safeguard and protection from the “evil eye” and various versions of bad luck.
This is also known as the “Hand of Fatima.”
She is the daughter of prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him.
The five fingers, stand for the five commandments of Islam, and the promises that a person of the Muslim faith fulfills to enter paradise.
1) Pilgrimage to Mecca, once in a life time.
2)Public declaration of Islam
5)Praying three times a day, facing Mecca.
Originally the hamsa was used to protect from ghosts and demons. It was believed if a house was abandoned, unclean spirits would enter.
For people who were not consistently…