See who else is showing-and-telling over at Mel’s. Go on, you know you want to.
Ever since the year I lived in Isra.el with Mr. X, I have had somewhat of a thing for the hamsa. I discovered the hamsa there, and ever since have kind of wanted to have some in my home, but it just never really happened. (I did have one hamsa necklace before, but it was a gift from you-know-who, and it was Spring Cleaned before I made my big escape.)
Lately, I have started to buy presents for myself. One of the first presents I got myself is the necklace in the photo below. Believe it or not, I got it at Ko.hl’s department store, for a very reasonable price, as it was on clearance. I wear it all the time.
The other two in the photo, I just bought myself this week, in a funky little shop I discovered while I was spending some time before meeting a friend. Originally, I was going to give one away, but I decided that I will keep them both and they will be the start of my collection. The wooden one is made of cedar, and the other is made of bone.
The hamsa is an ancient symbol, predating both Judaism and Islam, though it is a symbol of both religions. The five fingers of the hand can have many meanings: among them the five books of Torah, the five pillars of Islam. It is also commonly known as the hand of Fatima (to Muslims), but also as the hand of Miriam (to Jews). From the Wikipedia entry:
Let no sadness come through this gate,
Let no trouble come to these walls,
Let no conflict be in this place,
Let this home be filled with the blessing of joy and peace.