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Feel free to stick these up – Poems, Pictures & Prose by Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

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The khamsa

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I am a writer and photographer (look up my work on based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have an MA in Creative Writing from the university currently known as Rhodes. My writing accolades include winning the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize and the 2020 Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize for my debut collection, Zikr.

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    1. What are the stories that you’ve heard Shafs? I know that in Jewish lore it is known as the Hand of Miriam, and that some have traced it all the way back to the ancient Phoenicians (got that bit from the wikipedia link).

  1. Yes it is, one that’s quite popular in north Africa. We’d see some taxis with multiples of these amulets dangling from every available space (and it happened more often than not that those were the ones with the drivers who would try and schnaai you. Perhaps it’s because their ripped-off customers were constantly giving them the evil eye).
    I liked the idea of converging the offline with the online, from superstition to stationery.

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