Symbol Story: Hamsa

The hamsa hand is an ancient symbol that historians believe originates from the Middle East and North Africa. Beginning as an amulet for fertility, good health and fortune, the symbol’s significance evolved with Abrahamic religions before it was then taken east with the silk trade where its significance grew in India.

The hamsa (derived from the word for ‘five’ in Hebrew and Arabic), is a five-fingered hand with curved outer fingers, often depicting an eye in the center of the palm surrounded by ornate detailing.