Mano Cornuto (Horned Hand)

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Today in modern pop culture, this hand symbol is associated with rock music and the satanic sign of the horned devil. However, this gesture in fact has an incredible amount of different meanings to different cultures, eras and regions.

Horned hand, mano cornuto rock hand ancient greek symbolFor example, in Hinduism the hand gesture is known as the "Apana yogic mudra." In Indian classical dance forms, the hand gesture symbolises the Lion. In Buddhism, it is seen as a protective gesture against evil spirits, very commonly used by Gautama Buddha as "Karana Mudra" which is synonymous with expulsion of demons and removal of obstacles like sickness or negative thoughts.

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Other versions of the Devil’s Horns (Codex Magica)

In many Mediterranean and Latin countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Uruguay, when directed towards someone and turned back and forth, the sign implies the weakness of a man in relation to his wife or mistress.

In pagan and wiccan cultures, the gesture is symbolic with the Horned God