Hamsa¬†(Khamssa) is a hand-shaped amulet, with the palm facing out, the fingers spread open, in essence blocking the evil eye. It is commonly used by Jews and Muslims to ward off evil spirits.. Today, the hamsa is perceived as a “good luck” charm. Somehow, a trinket to bring on good luck is more positive in spirit than one protecting from evil spirits. The hamsa can be seen on necklaces, bracelets, hanging from a car rearview mirror etc. In the Babylonian tradition, any reference to hamsa, or the number five, is protection against the evil eye, and it comes into play in lifecycle events such as “The Eve of the 6th” and the “Henna Feast.”

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