Dulya

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The fig sign

The fig sign (Dulya) is a mildly obscene gesture used in Turkish and Slavic cultures and some other cultures that uses two fingers and a thumb. This gesture is most commonly used to deny a request.

Another use of this gesture is for warding off evil eye, jealousy, etc.

In Ancient Rome, the fig sign, or mano fico, was made by the pater familias to ward off the evil spirits of the dead as a part of the Lemuria ritual.

The hand gesture may have originated in ancient Hindi culture to depict the lingam (womb) and yoni (phallus).

Among early Christians, it was known as the manus obscena, or "obscene hand".

More anciently, it was the symbol of the fertility cult of The Goddess, Tanit or Ashtarte, and it was widely represented by painted or sculpted symbols in stone and portable amulets that were carried on the person, representing the powers of her hand and the hand gesture used to invoke her. The oldest of these, made in ivory, are almost 8,000 years old and are probably artifacts connected with the cult of divinities of a type attested later with the advent of written history.

More information is available at [ Wikipedia:Dulya ]


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