Hand Gestures and Mudras

Symbolic or ritual hand gestures (known as mudras in Eastern religions) provide an extra layer of meaning in statues and paintings of religious persons. They are also sometimes used in meditation or prayer, to help practitioners attain the right frame of mind or open their minds to particular energies.

Below are some of the most common hand gestures or mudras used in religion or occult.

Buddhist Mudras

Compassion Mudra

Debate Mudra

Earth Witness Mudra
Fearlessness Mudra

Other Religious Hand Gestures


Aaronic Blessing

Mano Cornuto

Mano Fico