The Hamsa symbol appears in many Abrahamic religions, and goes by many names. It is also known as the hand of Fatima, the hand of Mary and the hand of Miriam. The word “hamsa” probably came from the arabic word “khamsa”, which means “five” but also refers to the five fingers of the hand. The hamsa symbol is usually depicted as a hand with five fingers that holds an eye in the palm of its hand. Though the eye doesn’t have to be included in the design, it often is included as a symbol of protection against the evil eye that brings bad luck, illness and death.
The Hamsa uses the right hand, though in many depictions; both the thumb and little finger protrude from the hand in such a way that the hand symbol can no longer be claimed to be either right or left. When the fingers are spread, the symbol is used to ward off evil, and when the fingers are close together, the symbol is said to bring good luck.
Hamsa tattoos are worn as symbols of protection, luck and a spiritual connection to God. Many hamsa tattoos also include mandalas, hearts, flowers or other symbols in the palm of the hand to symbolise what it is that the tattoo wearer wishes to protect, or which area of their life they would like to receive luck. Most Hamsa tattoos boast intricate paisley and geometric designs that add to their visual beauty.
Check out these designs for inspiration for your own Hamsa tattoo: