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  • The Hamsa

    I love the hamsa, the palm-shaped amulet used in jewelry and wall hangings, especially throughout the Middle East and North Africa.  The hamsa, or khamsa, also known as the Hand of Fatima, Hand of Mary and Hand of Miriam is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power, and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye.

    It is beautiful, not only visually, but for what it represents, and for the fact that it is used in so many major religions -- Judaism, Islam and Christianity.  Talk about a beautiful universal sign....

         

    There are thousands of beautiful depictions and styles of this symbol.  The one on the right is a pure silver, handcrafted pendant from Shiana, a fair trade group in Northern Thailand that works with hill tribe villages to produce the most gorgeous jewelry, both traditional and updated.

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