The History Of The Horned Hand Charm
The symbol of the horned hand is often used in Italy and many Mediterranean cultures to ward off the evil eye or bad luck.
The 'corna' or horned hand can be made by a hand gesture and is often seen as a pendant or as a charm in Sicily, Naples and Calabria.
Worn as a necklace the cornicello necklaces and hand charms are symbols of good luck. The hand gesture can also be used by people in Italy as a superstitious sign to repel misfortune.
The hand worn or made as a gesture must always be directed downwards to direct negative energy away and downwards. Which is why you often see the 'corno' or hand charm facing downwards.
The hand also has many different meanings in different cultures. In hinduism the hand gesture is seen as the symbol of the lion and often seen in traditional dancing. In Buddhism the hand gesture is said to repel demons and negativity.
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