Back in July, F.G. Fitzer wrote about an ancient magical symbol, Al Khamsa, the eye displayed on the palm of an open hand, thousands of years old, that was said to provide protection against the Evil Eye. The symbol was in use across Europe, Africa and Asia…
…and perhaps North America. The image below on the left is from a stone disk that was found in Moundsville, Alabama.
What explanations can you think of for the existence of the same symbol in cultures separated by the Atlantic Ocean?
Update, May 2013: Here’s a new Abstract Khamsa design, inspired by Tuareg artwork.