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Understanding Hamsa

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The name “Hamsa” (“Hansa” in Sanskrit, or “Al Khamsa” in Arabic) is from the Semitic root word for five, and is a very ancient symbol in the Middle East. Although it is an ancient symbol, the Hamsa is still popular today and is believed to possess magical powers of protection, happiness and prosperity.

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Hamsa in modern culture

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Today, even in the modern world, we are surrounded by symbols whose beliefs and traditions go back thousands of years. They have succeeded in their most important function of guarding and protecting their secrets and confidential information.

The fear of the evil eye has been ongoing since prehistoric times. It represents the fear of those destructive energies that arises from negative emotions, like jealousy hatred and envy.

Many early cultures adopted the eye as an icon for their protection, others used Hamsa Hand or Hand of Fatima and so over time the most popular universal symbol became an eye placed in the palm of a hand.

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Hamsa hand or Hand of Fatima can now be found as an attractive symbol in people’s homes or may even be worn by them as ornaments. Many people still place it in their homes where the guests can see in the moment they enter. As there is a widespread belief that it will protect the house and household from disasters primarily fire.

Hamsa around the world!

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“Hamsa”, an amulet in the shape of an open palm with five fingers. Its origin is in the cultures of the ancient Near East. It was adopted as a protective amulet to protect from the evil eye and to bring good luck to its bearer. The Hamsa has enchanting qualities that bring patience and faith.

Around the world people carry Hamsas as amulet and jewelry. Hollamama’s Hamsas are pleasant and modern expression of the traditionally known Hamsa. Each of the four Hamsa-women holds characteristics of feminine strengths that are borrowed from its cultural uniqueness:

  • Indian Hamsa: The Indian woman gives a great meaning to aesthetics and beauty. She has intuitive abilities and the power within her to look into the future. Her motherly intuition enables her non-verbal communication with her children.
  • Japanese Hamsa: The Japanese woman is gentle, meticulous yet assertive and intelligent. As a mother, she is a peacemaker and a joy-bringer to her home. The Hamsas on her belly express the blessing for fertility and motherly protection since her early pregnancy.
  • Chinese Hamsa: The Chinese woman is good and enchanting. She sets harmony and pleasant mood to her surroundings. She keeps the spark of life and the playful innocence which we are born with. As a mother, she is optimistic and protects her children’s heart.
  • Folkloric Hamsa: The East-European woman represents warmness, soft-heartiness and closeness to mother earth. Her outer appearance brings to mind a Russian Babushka, which symbolizes motherhood, fertility, and the development of woman strength. As a mother she is soft, pleasant, and sets the secure feeling for her children.

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Aside from their mystical qualities, a Hamsa hand is a very aestetic and eye-catching piece of jewelry. Believers and non-believers alike wear it across the world becuase they enjoy the thoughtful handmade designs that Hamsa jewelry usually exhibit.

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The HAMSA is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings it’s owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune.The hamsa hand is known by many names—hamsa, hamsa hand, hamesh, hamesh hand, khamsa, and chamsa. It is also called the Hand of Miriam, named for Moses and Aaron’s sister. There are two main styles of a hamsa hand: the most popular is the stylized hamsa hand with two symmetrical thumbs, but there are also hamsa hands that are not symmetrical and shaped like actual hands.

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In addition to being shaped like an oddly formed hand, many hamsas will have an eye displayed in the palm of the hand. The eye is thought to be a powerful talisman against the “evil eye.” The evil eye is a certain “look” that can cause bad luck for the person at whom it is directed. This “look” often originates with a person, though not always intentionally. Legends about the evil eye give both regular people and those with certain powers the ability to cast the evil eye. In the case of the average Joe, envy is most often cited as the unintentional source of the evil eye.

Popular ways to hear the hamsa include as part of a jewelry design or on a key chain. It can also be displayed in your home as a decorative element. However it is displayed, the amulet is thought to bring good luck and happiness.