|Why hamsa jewelry is so popular? What is the meaning of Hamsa Hand or Hand of Fatima ? Where does hamsa orginate?
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.
In its simplest form the symbol for Hamsa is the hand. It is talismanic symbol that they believed would protect them from harm against the evil forces and bring them goodness, abundance, fertility, luck and good health. Hamsa is an icon used by man as a defence, in his struggle against the forces of evil.
Hamsa and Number FIVE
Arabs call this icon khamse Hand. Hamse means five in Arabic and in many other religions, the number five symbolizes the five sacred rules of their beliefs
Hamsa hand up or down ? In some culture’s the hamsa hand faces down, in others it faces up. In many groups, the five-fingers of Hamsa Hand represent the most sacred principles of that culture. It is not an earthly hand but the symbol of the divine hand. Each community fills the inside of the hand with the icons that are important for its own culture.
Hamsa hand bracelets are worn by people who have the faith in a “Supreme Power” and find themselves at a cross-road in life. They could follow different religions; some of them could be Jewish, Muslim others could be advocates of Christianity or Buddhism. Irrespective of their religious beliefs, they would find themselves in a common ground as far as having faith in a Higher Power is concerned. They would want to depend on this energy source to keep themselves protected from negative influences that are otherwise outside their control.
Healing and the blessed hand of Fatima are always in the minds and hearts of women in Anatolia as Hazrat Fatima is the architect of their beliefs.
Therefore, Anatolian Muslims respect and love the Virgin Mary just as Christians do, due to this very strong historical and cultural heritage. Hazrat Fatima has the same status with the Virgin Mary for the Muslims of Anatolia.
The goddess culture, which comes from the matriarchal period, has been continued through to today, by evolving and blending its existence into the more modern religions of today.
Many early cultures adopted the eye as an icon for their protection, others used Hamsa and so over time the most popular universal symbol became an eye placed in the palm of a hand. The power of the eye inserted into Hamsa combined their power and introduced the idea of obtaining a more powerful talisman by combining the power of two.
Hamsa with Evil Eye regarded as antidote to the negative energies, which is fear of human beings throughout history.
Desire for protection against these negative emotions is a universal impulse and for thousands of years the peoples of many ancient cultures and religions resorted to unimaginable procedures and sacred symbols to protect them and stop them becoming a target for these evil forces.
Hamsa and Gods Hand
Historically a wide geographic area, included the Middle East, considered the Hamsa sacred hand symbol as the symbol of God's hand in the earth. It helped to make them feel the existence of God in everything and in every new formation. The Hamsa amulet was seen as the symbol of holiness, healing and miracles, which would pull the forces of good to the bearer and protect them from unseen dangers, disease, and neutralize the negative energies of envy and the forces of evil.
Cybele - Artemis - Virgin Mary
Indeed the Virgin Mary's house in Ephesus, which is the place of pilgrimage for Christians, was established on a hill overlooking to the temple of Artemis, which was not a coincidence.
The Virgin Mary's house is also a sacred place for the Muslims of Anatolia. Muslims visit the house, to worship, make votive offerings, make wishes and ask for healing.
Hamsa jewelry is used for protection against the evil eye. Hamsa bracelet is considered to be a powerful talisman that is used in the form of jewelry, lucky charms, and wall hangings for bringing in good fortune and prosperity.
|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.
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.
Icon, Talisman, Amulet, Charm, Idol, Figure, Totem
The sacred art of symbols reflects the opinion of spiritual religions by associating them with icons, talismans, amulets, charms,, idols, figures etc. Divine grace is imparted to them and blessed, so showing respect or reverence to the image or icon is the same as addressing it directly to their God.
The hamsa symbol has kept its original format and meaning and been adopted by different cultures and so the Etymological origin of the word has not undergone major change.
Hamsa Hand with Other Religions and Cultures
The Hamsa icon not only has a special place in Judaism, it has also evolved to become regarded as sacred and respected symbol in Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shamanism, Jain beliefs and in Anatolia.