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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



Christogram


Aaronic Blessing


Mano Cornuto


Mano Fico







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