Symbols are instruments used by humans to enhance communication complexity. Symbols enable topic discussions through linking the past, the envisioned future and even in the supernatural world (Stein 2011, 56). The symbol hand of God commonly known as the Hamsa can well be explained by the Clifford Geertz theory. Clifford theorized that religion is a system of symbols that have an impact on the people who practice religion (Stein 2011, 27). The hand of God symbol which is popular among the Muslims and Jews is a symbol of strength, blessings, and power and is also used to protect against the evil eye. The hand of God symbol consists of a right hand that is open. It is a common symbol in both Jewish and Islamic cultures. When the fingers are depicted as spread apart, it means its function is to protect against evil while when closed it is a sign of welcoming good luck. For Sunni Muslims it portrays the five pillars of Islam, for Shia Muslims, it is a representative of the five individuals of the cloaks and for Jews, it portrays the five books of the Torah. The Hamsa symbol
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