What is the Hamsa Hand?
The Hamsa hand (Arabic) or Hamesh hand (Hebrew) is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet used to ward off the “evil eye”. The evil eye is an energy that is believed to bring harm, misfortune or bad luck.
The word “Hamsa” means “five” and refer to the digits in the hand. The Hamsa hand has five stretched fingers with two symmetrical thumbs.
In Islam it is called the hand of Fatima, the daughter of prophet Muhammad. Levantine Christians call it the hand of Mary, for the mother of Jesus and in Judaism the amulet is also known as the hand of Miriam who was the sister of Moses and Aaron. Due to its prevalence in Islam many have associated the Hamsa hand with Islamic culture, however this symbol has gained popularity with Israeli Jews as well as within Hindu and Buddhist traditions. In Egypt the Hamsa hand was associated with the Eye of Horus, they believed that the moon and the sun are both the eyes of Horus and that humans cannot escape from the eye of conscience just as the evil cannot escape from the eye of Hamsa.
Hamsa Hand Tattoo Meanings
In recent years the Hamsa Symbol has entered the world of fashion and seen in the form of Jewelry and tattoos. Hamsa hand is also very popular among the spiritual people as the symbol of protection and believed that the one who wears it, will be protected from the EVIL EYE and it will bring energy, happiness, prosperity and health. But the meaning of this tattoo is very wide and varies from culture to culture. For example:
When the Hamsa hand Tattoo (symbol) is designed with the eye, it symbolizes protection. The ‘eye’ represents the Egyptian sun God ‘Horus’ and some believe that the bearer of the symbol will be protected by the eye from all evils.
In Islamic culture Hamsa hand symbolize five Islamic pillars.
Jewish believe that 5 fingers of the Hamsa symbol are used to remind the bearers to use all five senses when they pray. Some believes that the five fingers represent the five books of Torah.
The Roman Catholics believe that ‘Hamsa’ symbolized the hand of Virgin Mary and thereby represented femininity, power, and strength.
Hamsa Hand Tattoo Designs
Hamsa tattoo is one of the unique tattoos that has a deep spiritual meaning and contains specific symbols that have spiritual relevance. Hamsa tattoo basically entails a hand with and eye on it. Depending on different culture and beliefs, Hamsa tattoo can be designed in many different ways. Some will use it with other signs and symbols while other will use it without changing it.
Other than cultural and religious beliefs many people get Hamsa hand tattoo for the sake of art. Hamsa hand tattoo designs contain several patterns and symbols that attract any tattoo lovers.
Small Hamsa Hand Tattoo Designs
Hamsa Lotus Tattoo Designs
Hamsa Elephant Tattoo Designs
Hamsa Hand Tattoos for men
Geometric Hamsa Tattoos
Kyrie Irving’s Hamsa Tattoo
Kyrie Irving an American NBA basketball player for the Boston Celtics has a Hamsa Hand tattoo on his left shoulder.
Hamsa Tattoo Placements
- Finger spaces
- Behind the ear