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1.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 17 Jun 2009 Wed 07:10 pm

In Muslim tradition, Hamsa is known as the Hand of Fatima,
which refers to Fatima Zahra, the daughter of Mohamed, the
prophet of Islam. According to folklore, Fatima was stirring hot
milk when her husband suddenly came in with another woman.
Fatima was so shocked that as her spoon fell into the stew.
Fatima without noticing, kept on stirring using her own hand.
The tear that Fatima shed has worn the image of the eye. The
eye is often fixed at the middle of the Hamsa is believed to
provide strong protection against negative energies.



2.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 17 Jun 2009 Wed 07:24 pm

The doorposts in the form of "Hand of Fátima" are a cultural Arab inheritance that remains in the Iberian. At work of the doors the meaning is same of protection of the dwelling and for extension of the family. Fatima bint Muhammad or Fatima Zahra was one of the daughters of Maomé (Muhammad), prophet of the Islam, and of his first wife Cadija. 

Fatima Hands by Fr Antunes.

3.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 26 Jun 2009 Fri 09:34 am

In some Middle Eastern countries people also wear it as a symbol of equalities between Jewish and Muslim people. The hand symbol can also be found in Jewish culture, and therefor it is a very symbolic link between the two groups. I got a hand-necklace from my mom in Kusadasi 8 years ago and never took it off ever since

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