throughout andalucia, you can see the hand symbol on the doorknobs of houses – usually referred to as the hand of fatima, but also known as the hamsa. the hamsa is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign and brings happiness to the holder. the holder of the Hamsa expects to be protected from all negative energies. the most common negative energy being envious glares from people wishing you no good.
so of course we put one on our front door in spain.