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The Hamsa is a way of seeking protection and avoiding the negative effects of an evil eye. In more general terms, it can also be referred to as the "Hand of God". It is a talismanic method that protects people. The word "Hamsa" derivs from a Semitic root which means "five". This actually signifies all the five fingers of the hand. A few people also relate it to the first five books of the Old Testament.

The hand is believed to be a strong talisman or charm that averts the negative influence of an evil eye. This is normally worn in the neck or tied in the house somewhere on the wall, or on the doors of businesses or homes. These are also placed in cars, entrances in varied forms of charms, amulet and jewelry.

According to Jewish tradition, the five fingers of human hand represent the first five books of the Holy Bible. Therefore it can act as a tough defensive tool to fight with the evil eye. The hand shaped amulets symbolize the hand of Almighty which is said to create a protective guard about the wearer. It is believed to protect the user from evil things that can surround a person such as, misfortune, envy, diseases, sorrow accidents, hatred and many more. By wearing the luck charm the wearer is blessed with happiness and leads a prosperous life. In Hebrew, the sign is frequently referenced as a "Hamesh hand" or "the hand of Miriam." Miriam's hand is connected to the biblical Miriam, who was the sister of Aaron and Moses. Muslims refer to it as the Hand of Fatima, who is believed to be the daughter of their prophet, Muhammad. It can also symbolize the so-called Five Pillars of Islam. Since both the Jews and the Muslims share the belief, it is also used as a symbol of peace between folks from the two religions

People choose to wear Hamsa necklaces out of the belief that it can bring happiness to their lives.

The Hamsa hand has been used for many generations to ward off negative energies. People from a variety of backgrounds believe that the Hamsa hand draws in positive energies which thwart the evil eye (the stare believed to cause damage or bad luck for the individual at whom it is directed) Members of the Jewish community believe that the Hamsa hand aids in the eradication of evil spirits, thus providing the wearer with luck and protection.

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