Hamsa Hand Meaning and Origin

The meaning of the Hamsa Hand symbol

Hamsa Hand Meaning and Origin

What is the Hamsa Hand Meaning? Hand of Fatima or Hamsa meaning

The Hamsa Hand or Hand of Fatima is an ancient symbol in the Buddhist culture. It is a famous talismanic symbol that people believed to protect them from harm against the evil eye and bring them happiness, luck, good health, and good fortune.

Hamsa has become over time the most popular universal symbol with an eye placed in the palm of a hand.

Hand of Fatima necklace or hamsa hand bracelet is worn by many people from different religions; some of them could be Muslim, Jewish, Christian or Buddhist. These people in majority believe in a “Supreme Power” or find themselves at a cross-road in their life.

The amulet began spreading to different religions in several different forms. Often in five spread fingers with an eye on the palm of the hand. It can be used today in women’s jewelry, as hamsa necklace, the hand of Fatima pendant, hamsa bracelet, door-knockers, flat-weaving, embroidery, automobile ornamentation, etc…

hamsa hand of fatima necklace

Hamsa Hand Necklace


Hamsa Hand – Hand of Fatima Amulets with Evil Eye Symbol meaning

A blue eye can also be found on some forms of the hamsa hand jewelry, an apotropaic hand-shaped amulet against the evil eye found in the Middle East. The word hamsa, also telled hames and khamsa, refers to the five fingers of the human hand.

Hamsa hand meaning in Buddhism

In Buddhism and Hinduism, it symbolizes the five senses, the chakras energy flow in the human body.

Just like everything else in nature, we are symmetrical and harmoniously beautiful. Each finger has its own chakra energy:

Pinkie Finger – First Chakra, Tailbone, Legs & Feet, Earth

Ring Finger – Second Chakra, Pelvis & Genitals, Water

Thumb – Third Chakra, Solar Plexus, Fire

Forefinger – Fourth Chakra, Heart, Air

Middle Finger– Fifth Chakra, Throat, Sound


tapestry representing the hamsa symbol

Hamsa Hand Tapestry Wall Hanging



Which way up should the Hamsa hand be?

Hand Facing Up

When the Hamsa hand is facing up, it is a powerful sign of protection against evil, jealousy, and insecurities. Often, in this position, the fingers are spread apart to ward off evil.

Hand Facing Down

When the Hamsa hand is facing down with fingers closed together, it helps welcoming fertility, goodness, and abundance of the universe into your life. Hand facing down also answers to prayers and manifestations.

Often times, the Hamsa is used to ward off what’s known as “the evil eye”

The evil eye is considered to be the sum of destructive energies that come from negative emotions in the world.

Hamsa is often used on jewelry, apparel, walls as art or tapestries to help protect against any destructive energies that come from The evil eye.


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