This beautifully carved backflow burner is made in the shape of the Hamsa, said to offer protection from the evil eye (see below for more information). The size is 13 x 15 x 12 cm.
Don't forget to purchase backflow incense cones for this item as normal incense cones will not produce the cascading effect of the smoke. These beautiful burners will bring hours of pleasure and peaceful contemplation. It takes a few minutes for the backflow effect to start so you have to be patient. Once it does you will be captivated and unable to drag your gaze away so don't be putting anything on the stove beforehand! Not without setting a loud timer anyway! It's a delightful way to take a few minutes for yourself and we all need to do a bit more of that don't we?
The word hamsa comes from the Hebrew word hamesh, meaning five. Hamsa refers to the fact that there are five fingers on the talisman, though some also believe it represents the five books of the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy).
In Islam, the hamsa is called the Hand of Fatima, in honour of one of the daughters of the Prophet Mohammed. Some say that, in Islamic tradition, the five fingers represent the Five Pillars of Islam. In fact, one of the most potent early examples of the hamsa in use appears on the Gate of Judgment (Puerta Judiciaria) of the 14th-century Spanish Islamic fortress, the Alhambra.
Many scholars believe that the hamsa predates both Judaism and Islam, possibly with origins that are entirely non-religious, although ultimately there is no certainty about its origins.
Symbolism of the Hamsa
In addition to being shaped like an oddly formed hand, the hamsa will often have an eye displayed in the palm of the hand. The eye is thought to be a powerful talisman against the “evil eye”.
In modern times, the hamsa is often featured on jewellery, hanging in the home, or as a larger design. However it is displayed, the amulet is thought to bring good luck and happiness.