Abhaya Mudra – Gesture to assuage fear

Abhaya Mudra

Abhaya Mudra

  • Symbolises protection, benevolence and peace, and the dispelling of fear
  • Generally made with right hand raised to shoulder height, the arm crooked, the palm of the hand facing outward, the fingers upright and joined
  • This mudra – appears to be a natural gesture, probably used in prehistoric times as a sign of good intentions
  • The hands raised and unarmed proposes friendship, or peace
  • Traditional Indian gesture of appeasement made by the Buddha when. He was attacked by an angry elephant, which immediately calmed the animal.

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