Hand of Fatima or Hand of Destiny
Certain parts of the human body were believed to remain in a
sympathetic union, such as the Hand in some countries.
The hand was regarded as affording a valuable PROTECTION against
‘the evil eye’,especially if worn on the breast.In Southern
Italy,the most popular charm is a representation of the hand
in which the thumb is doubled under the forefinger,which is
called ‘MANO FICA’,it is to believe that the same representation
was even known in England.MANO CORNUTA,another representation
of the hand in Napoli,is hung as a sign outside the house.
The hand,that member of the body which we employ more than any
other for most actions whether ordinary,religious or magical,is
both estensive and significant.
The hand has been regarded as a symbol of POWER.In Semitic usage
an attack by a ghost on a human being was called ‘The Hand of
The phrase ‘Gods hand’ means ‘his power’ in the Bible and in
the Qur’an;and the fact that it is universally used as an instrument
of BLESSING shows that it bears a relation to the supernatural.
As the hand signifies power,we find in Hindu mythology that
the downcast hand means RENUNCIATION (represented in the gigantic
figure of Budha Kyaikpun).
In ancient Egypt,the symbolism is found as early as 1570 BC
for a stone carving of that periode,the RA, the sun’s disk is
represented with numerous rays each terminating in a hand.In
Jewish times,each of the fingers of God’s hand were regarded
as having a special meaning,and the right hand was considered
more important than the left by the Arabs.
Among the early Greeks,the hand was a symbol of significance
and the Romans used it as a SACRED symbol.
The hand was also represented as sending down rays of light
in the Christian religion,thus expressing the DIVINE BENEFICENCE
shed upon the earth or on a person. It is shown in the act of
The significance of the OPEN HAND is almost universal,its meaning
is to avert or to protect.It is used to stop the approach of
any undesired person or thing.The open hand is used as an amulet
in oriental countries,is called HAND OF THE PROPHET or HAND
The hand was also regarded as a symbol of JUSTICE in France.The
upliefted hand was used to command SILENCE,while in religious
rites,the laying of the hand was a BLESSING.HEALING BY TOUCH
was already performed by the priest-physicians of ancient Egypt
HOLY HAND is believed to remove deseases.The hand is a personal
magnetis that some people have.
One of the most popular amulets used by the Arabs is the OPEN
HAND,which like the MANI FICO in Southern Italy is to avert
the ‘evil eye’.The symbolisme of the hand raised,palm outwards,to
repel some threatened evil,is abvious and the 5 fingers represent
the five most sacred persons in Islam, Muhammed,Ali,Fatima,Hasan
Healing hands - The breadth of a hand - Free hand - At first
hand - By hand - From hand to Hand - Hands up - Hands off -
In hands off - On one hand ... on the other hand - Show of hands
- One hands full of - Shake hands - To hand in.