Station: [102] Neidfeige

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Neidfeige; The wooden carved gesture of the fist, in which the thumb is pushed between the index and middle finger, is already found among ancient Egyptian amulets and in Greek and Roman antiquity. The fig hand is a symbol of the vulva, but also denotes the sexual intercourse and is considered a crude mockery and gross insult. It served as a defense against the evil eye and the screaming. Until the last century it was also used by us as a vulgar sign, as it is still used today in Mediterranean cultures. This gesture was secreted when, for example, one's own children, cattle or house and yard were praised to ward off the evil eye from the praised one. Materialized to amulet she should scare off all evil by the obscene affront.