In Indian classical dance forms the hand gesture symbolises the Lion . In Buddhism it is seen as an apotropaic gesture very commonly used by Gautama Buddha as "Karana Mudra" which is synonymous with expulsion of demons and removal of obstacles like sickness or negative thoughts. It is also used traditionally to counter or ward off the " evil eye " malocchio in Italian. In Italy specifically, the gesture is known as the corna.
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I would especially like to thank Michael Rossman of the AOUON archive , exhibit organizer Kevin Chen, and illustrator Frank Cieciorka for their invaluable contributions to this research on our cultural history. The clenched fist usually appears in full frontal display showing all fingers and is occasionally integrated with other images such as a peace symbol or tool. The human hand has been used in art from the very beginnings, starting with stunning examples in Neolithic cave paintings. Early examples of the fist in graphic art can be found at least as far back as , with another example from Mexico in .
Jump to navigation Jump to search The fig sign The fig sign is a mildly obscene gesture used at least since the Roman Age in Italy and Southern Europe and parts of the Mediterranean region , including in Turkish culture, and has also been adopted by Slavic cultures. The gesture uses a thumb wedged in between two fingers. This gesture is most commonly used to ward off the evil eye , insult someone, or deny a request. In Brazil , use of this gesture is said to ward off evil eye , jealousy, etc. Ornaments with this symbol are often worn as a good luck charm.