The Hamsa can also be spelled as Hamesh, Chamsa, or Khamsa. The Hamsa hand symbolized the hand of god and is represented in all religions. It is a protective hand bringing happiness, luck, health, and good fortune to the person wearing or holding the Hamsa nearby. There is archeological evidence that the Hamsa originated prior to the Judaic and Islamic religions which makes is one of the most ancient symbols representing good fortune and protection from evil. The meaning of the word Hamsa is "Five" - "Hamsa" is the Arabic word for it, and "Hamesh" in Hebrew. For the Jewish religion the hand represents the five books of the Torah and in the Islamic religion, it represents the Five Pillard of Islam.