What is this symbol?
January 27, 2010 7:17 AM   Subscribe

What is this symbol? http://tinyurl.com/ydaheoz

What is this symbol? http://tinyurl.com/ydaheoz

It looks kind of like a Jewish symbol of a hand with the same blue colored gem, but I'm inclined to believe that it's something to do with a bird. Although it looks nothing like a bird. Help?
posted by maykasahara to Media & Arts (11 answers total)
 
Third eye / evil eye.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:19 AM on January 27, 2010


Here are more.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:20 AM on January 27, 2010


It's a hamsa in Jewish culture and a hand of Fatima in Muslim culture.
posted by amro at 7:20 AM on January 27, 2010


Meatbomb is correct that it is supposed to ward off the evil eye, but that's not what it's called.
posted by amro at 7:21 AM on January 27, 2010


Third eye / evil eye.

No, it's actually a defense against the "evil eye." Hamsa. The hand represents an Arabic saying loosely translated as five fingers in your eye.

It's somewhat widely associated with mystical Judaism today thanks to Kabbalah.
posted by jckll at 7:23 AM on January 27, 2010


There is also a bird called a hamso used in Indian culture, but that's different. More information. (Sorry for all the comments, hamsas are kinda my thing.)
posted by amro at 7:23 AM on January 27, 2010


Yes, it's a hamsa. Yes, sometimes they look like birds, even if not on purpose.
posted by Acari at 7:23 AM on January 27, 2010


The bird is called a hamsa, not a hamso. Sorry, typo. Okay, I'm done.
posted by amro at 7:24 AM on January 27, 2010


Yeah, in my haste I neglected to say in full - it is a talisman to ward against the evil eye. I have one permanently installed, and it works great.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:24 AM on January 27, 2010




Nthing hand of Fatima.
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:06 AM on January 27, 2010


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