A variety of societies around the world, including the Incas, Native Americans, Israelis, Greeks, and Arabs, have used the hand as a good luck symbol. Charms shaped like a human hand have long been thought to be extremely powerful heralds of good fortune. Domination, strength, protection, and spiritual power are all represented by the emblem. The common phrase ‘speak to my hand’ comes from ancient Europeans’ belief that putting one’s hand up may protect one from the evil eye. The Hand of Fatima (Muhammad’s daughter) is a good luck charm in Islam, with the five fingers representing faith, pilgrimage, prayer, fasting, and charity. The Jews believe that wearing the Hand of Miriam amulet will bring the wearer good fortune.

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