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UKG / 1974
From The Author of the Acacia Seeds
and Other Extracts


       This series explores the concept of how hand gestures, symbols and language are used to communicate ideas, actions, identity and magic.

        Our hands are a distinct part of our body and identity; they can be used to identify individuals legally (through fingerprints) or symbolically (by raising an open right hand when taking an oath). Human hands also form language: there is great power in symbols like the Hamsa which wards off evil eye, or Buddhist Mudras which channel energy. Metaphysical magic uses hand gestures to convey language through form and connect the body with energy being collected or expelled.

        The hand gesture in “...” is used to wish for luck and implore God for protection, has its roots in the kingdom of Israel and is mainly associated with Christianity. Additionally, it has been adopted by children as a way to invalidate promises or excuses for telling lies.