The Hamsa symbol, also known as the Hand of Fatima or Hand of Miriam, is a palm-shaped amulet found in various cultures throughout history, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. It is believed to offer protection against evil eyes and negative energies and represents blessings, power, strength, and unity.
In Zen Buddhism, this hand gesture (also known as the mudra) is called the "Fear Not" pose or the Abhaya Mudra, which helps instill confidence and dispel fear while promoting inner peace and compassion. This connects with the Hamsa symbol's purpose of offering spiritual empowerment and protection while encouraging positive vibes. Additionally, both Zen Buddhists and followers of Islamic tradition believe that using the symbol creates harmony and balance within the body, emotions, mind, and soul, highlighting its universal message of hope, healing, and spiritual guidance across different religions and cultures.