Hamsa meaning What is hamsa? Hamsa is a word used for a specific type of talisman that looks like a hand containing some religious symbols and expressions. It was first used in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) about 4500 years ago, where it was associated with goddess Inanna also known as Ishtar, who was considered responsible for tasks like sex, war, justice and politics. It had also referred to as hand of Aphrodite, goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, procreation and passion. It is a talisman used for the representation of power and possession. Known as the hand of Miriam, the side of Fatima, the hand of Mary etc. it is used in all the major religions against the evil eye. Evil eye and its protective talismans The belief of an evil eye is as old and ancient as man itself. Its roots have found back in prehistoric times. But the proper record that is known today is associated with cuneiform inscriptions of the Sumerians and the Babylonians who were present on the earth almost 3000 years before Christ. Some of the words found in Sumerian manuscripts point towards the evil eye, such as the meaning of the word 'IG-HUL' is evil-eyeing. Although some Sumerians tried to
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