The FIGA, originally an Italian amulet, called Mano Fico, was also used by the Etruscans in the Roman era. Mano means hand and Fico or Figa is the representation of the female genitals,especially the Clitoris, and was associated with fertility and eroticism. In Italy, this sign, known as "fica" or "far le fiche," by the resemblance to the Clitoris, was a common and very crude gesture in past centuries, similar to the middle finger. In Turkey this sign, known like "nah", is a well-known and highly offensive gesture.In English-speaking countries, as in the United States, it is a child's play in which it is simulated to pluck the nose of a child from his face.In Brazil, this sign symbolizes the wishes of good luck. Today it is used as amulet against evil eye in the belief that obscene distracts evil. Once you are given a figa it stores up all the luck you haven’t used, but be careful not to break or lose it as that will cut off your supply of luck. Remember: the figa should only be received as a gift.
Credits: Charmco; Gem Gossip; La Gemme Leiloes; Pinterest; Wikiped.
Créditos: Charmco; Gem Gossip; La Gemme Leiloes; Pinterest; Wikipedia.